January 22, 2019

Kaine, Colleagues Introduce Bill To Raise The Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined 30 Senate colleagues to introduce the Raise the Wage Act of 2019, legislation that would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2024 and help expand economic opportunity for hardworking families. Raising the federal minimum wage would directly raise the wages of approximately 786,000 Virginians.

“No one who works full time should have to live in poverty, but too often that’s the case,” said Kaine. “Raising the minimum wage is an important tool to empower Americans to lift themselves out of poverty and earn pay they can spend in their communities, boosting economic activity. I’m proud to cosponsor this bill to help give hardworking people a fair shot at economic mobility.”

The bill would also index future minimum wage increases to median wage growth and ensure all workers are paid at least the full federal minimum wage by phasing out the subminimum wages for tipped workers, youth workers and workers with disabilities.

To read the bill text of the Raise the Wage Act, click here.

To read the section-by-section of the Raise the Wage Act, click here.

To read a fact sheet on Raise the Wage Act, click here