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(CNSNews.com) – In a vote of 231 to 199, mostly along party lines, the House on Thursday passed a bill that mandates raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Three Republicans voted for the bill, while six Democrats voted against it.
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The Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 582) requires the federal minimum wage to be increased “for regular employees over a 7-year period, for tipped employees, and for newly hired employees who are less than 20 years old.”
“The bill eliminates the separate minimum wage requirements for tipped, newly hired, and disabled employees. After a specified period, these employees shall be paid the same minimum wage as regular employees,” the bill’s summary states.
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Alfredo Ortiz, president of the Job Creators Network – an organization of small business owners and entrepreneurs - which helped lead the fight against raising the minimum wage, condemned the bill’s passage, saying, “In another step in their socialist agenda, House Democrats pushed through an outrageous bill that will force up to 3.7 million Americans to lose their jobs and wreck our economy.
“There is no question that President Trump’s pro-growth policies are working, raising wages for all Americans, including those in entry-level positions. But instead of building on that progress, House Democrats want to appease the far-left and squeeze the 90 million Americans who work at or own a small business. According to JCN polling, 84 percent of Americans think it’s ‘likely’ that small businesses will have cut jobs if the minimum wage doubles,” Ortiz said in a statement.
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“Instead of pursuing a $15 minimum wage, Congress should be fighting for $50,000 careers by addressing the skills gap. JCN has launched the ‘Fight for 50’ campaign to fight for careers that pay $50,000 or more. We encourage everyone to visit Fightfor50.com to learn more and join our campaign. JCN will...
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