Langevin Votes to Increase Minimum Wage to $15 per Hour

Jul 18, 2019 Issues: Economy and Jobs

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement today after voting in favor of the Raise the Wage Act, legislation that will gradually increase the federal minimum wage for American workers to $15 an hour by 2025. The bill passed the House of Representatives today by a vote of 231-199.

“Every worker deserves to be paid enough to live with dignity and to support their families. Gradually raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour will increase pay for up to 33 million Americans, lifting more than a million people out of poverty. The Raise the Wage Act will better the lives of working people from all walks of life, including women and people of color who still face significant wage gaps.  

“We last raised the minimum wage in 2009.  Since we first enacted a federal minimum wage, we have never gone 10 years without raising it.  This bill is long overdue, and I hope my colleagues in the Senate will take up this bill to help workers, support businesses, and grow the economy.”