Disgraced Republican Mitt Romney Teams Up With Tom Cotton To Propose $10 Minimum Wage With Mandatory E-Verify

Senators Tom Cotton and Mitt Romney have teamed up to introduce legislation that will increase the federal minimum wage to $10 an hour, according to the Daily Wire.

“For millions of Americans, the rising cost of living has made it harder to make ends meet, but the federal minimum wage has not been increased in more than ten years,” said Romney. “Our legislation would raise the floor for workers without costing jobs and increase the federal minimum wage to $10, automatically raising it every two years to match the rate of inflation.”

“We must create opportunities for American workers and protect their jobs, while also eliminating one of the key drivers of illegal immigration,” said Romney.

The proposal summary further states:

“The Higher Wages for American Workers Act would support a strong labor market for American workers by gradually raising the federal minimum wage to $10 and mandating E-Verify to ensure rising wages go to legally authorized workers. Rather than destroy 1.4 million jobs like a $15 minimum wage, this proposal would raise wages for 3.5 million workers without harming the very workers it’s intended to protect.”

Tom Cotton said, “American workers today compete against millions of illegal immigrants for too few jobs with wages that are too low — that’s unfair,”

“Ending the black market for illegal labor will open up jobs for Americans. Raising the minimum wage will allow Americans filling those jobs to better support their families. Our bill does both.”

“I really want this in there but it just doesn’t look like we can do it because of reconciliation,” Biden said.

“I’m not going to give up. But right now, we have to prepare for this not making it.”

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From The Daily Wire:

A second component of the legislation would make use of E-Verify to curb the number of employers providing jobs to illegal immigrants. This component would “preserve American jobs for legal workers and remove incentives for increased illegal immigration,” according to a proposal summary released by the Utah senator’s office.

In addition to the E-Verify requirement, the legislation would set aside $100 million in automatic funding to ensure E-Verify remains active in the event of a government shut-down. The proposal would also increase penalties, both civil and criminal, to employers who “hire unauthorized aliens and/or violate I-9 paperwork requirements,” according to the proposal summary.

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