Nancy Pelosi, in exchange for voters giving the Democrats the majority in the House, vowed to pass a bill raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Pelosi offered the commitment while appearing alongside fellow Democratic leaders and advocates to release new legislation raising the minimum wage to $15.
Her comments offer an early view at Democrats’ potential agenda for the House if they can regain control in 2018, a long-shot prospect that some in the party think could grow increasingly more realistic given President Donald Trump and the GOP’s recent struggles.
If “we win the election,” Pelosi told the gathered audience, “in the first 100 hours we will pass a $15 minimum wage.”
Republicans fired back at Pelosi’s proposal:
The minimum wage hike also has drawn early fire from conservatives who want to use Sanders’ rising influence as a weapon against a Democratic party moving to the left as it pushes back hard against Trump.
“This is a significant moment since it confirms that the Democrat Party is now in the hands of extreme liberals that have more in common with European Socialism than the free enterprise principles that have guided America for generations,” Jeremy Adler, spokesman for the conservative group America Rising, said in a statement.