RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE
Democrats have introduced several Raise the Wage bills in Congress. The current version (H.R. 603), which has 201 cosponsors, would phase in a $15/hour minimum wage over a five-year period and would also improve the situations of tipped workers and individuals with disabilities.
In Jan’s view, a country that can afford to give $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to the richest Americans and wealthy corporations can and should ensure living wages for its workers. It has now become clear that the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“Trump Tax Cuts”) have not trickled down or otherwise resulted in substantial increases
in worker salaries and wages. Moreover, increasing the minimum wage may be the biggest stimulus for the economy – and it will certainly afford working families greater security and better living standards.
VERN VOTED AGAINST RAISING WAGES
Buchanan did vote back in 2007 for the Fair Minimum Wage, which provided for a phase-in to $7.25 by 2009. He has, however, voted against further increases. Most recently, in 2019 he voted against the Raise the Wage (H.R. 582), which would have gone to $15 over a seven-year period.