House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others in the Democratic Party passed a federally mandated $15 per hour minimum wage for people and businesses across the country.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office determined such a bill (should it clear the Senate and be signed off by the president) could kill as many as 1.3 million to 3.7 million jobs but, nevertheless, Democrats moved forward with the effort.
On Sunday, one Democratic freshman member of Congress actually argued the $15 per hour wage proposal does not go far enough and instead pitched an $18/hour or $20/hour wage.
Fox News reports Democratic congresswoman Rashida Tlaib pitched the higher wage during an event in Detroit.
— America Rising (@AmericaRising) July 22, 2019
Fox News adds:
Tlaib’s comment came during remarks to the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Michigan and the labor rights group One Fair Wage, and were recorded by the conservative political action committee America Rising. The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed a $15 federal minimum wage bill last week, but it has little chance of passing the GOP-controlled Senate.
In a 231-199 vote along party lines on Thursday, the House passed legislation that would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, more than double the current rate of $7.25. In an even more drastic increase, the bill calls for having the same minimum wage for tipped workers, raising it from $2.13 an hour.
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And, the Independent Journal Review reports:
Conservatives have argued that nearly doubling the wage expenses for a business would have to result in either staff reductions or higher prices to make up the difference.
The CBO also studied the impact of increasing the minimum wage to just $12 or $10 and found that, either way, some jobs would be terminated and the change real family income would be negligent.
This is not the first study that has found an increase in the minimum wage to be damaging to American workers. When Seattle bumped their minimum wage to $15, the average worker lost hours and ended up making $125 less per month than they had before.
Responding to the congresswoman, some people online asked if $15 per hour is not enough, then why would $18 per hour be satisfactory? And, if not $18 an hour, why $20 an hour? “When does this stop?” people asked.
Fox News reports Town Hall Editor and Fox News contributor Guy Benson asked, “Why not $20? Or $50? Go, Rashida, Go!”
“They should make it $1,000 an hour and cure income inequality inside of a month, obviously,” Daily Wire Editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro said. “These radical Democratic policy proposals are the political equivalent of the pitch for the Fyre Festival.”
Here are more responses, via Twitchy:
Do I hear $25?
— Brian Marino (@byron_marino) July 22, 2019
I’ll see your $20 and raise you $30.
FIFTY DOLLAR MINIMUM WAGE.
Then no one will be poor.
Ho. Lee. Crap. HUNDRED DOLLAR MINIMUM WAGE AND WE ARE ALL RICH.
Bingo. You’re welcome, world. https://t.co/MU016F5omn
— Daniel Turner (@DanielTurnerPTF) July 22, 2019