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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Lawrence Joins House Colleagues in Introducing Legislation to Raise Minimum Wage

January 26, 2021
Press Release
Nearly 32 million Americans would get a raise, a majority of whom are frontline or essential workers

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) joined her House colleagues in introducing the Raise the Wage Act of 2021. The legislation would gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025. Thereafter, the federal minimum wage would be indexed to median wage growth. It also guarantees that all workers are paid at least the full federal minimum wage by gradually phasing out the subminimum wages for tipped workers, youth workers, and workers with disabilities. Congress has not increased the federal minimum wage in more than a decade—the longest stretch since it was first established in 1938.

“Hard-working Americans have been left behind for far too long, and this pandemic has only worsened that problem. Raising the minimum wage to $15 is long overdue,” said Rep. Lawrence. “This increase will significantly help our workers and economy recover from this global pandemic while also helping to reduce racial and gender inequality and prioritizing the fight for economic justice. During a time when many are struggling, the Raise the Wage Act is a strong step to helping countless Michiganders and Americans across the country.”

According to an independent analysis conducted by the Economic Policy Institute, the Raise the Wage Act would increase wages for nearly 32 million Americans, including roughly a third of all Black workers and a quarter of all Latino workers. Additionally, more than half of those who would benefit from this increase would be women.

For a fact sheet on Raise the Wage Act, click here.

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

For the bill text of the Raise the Wage Act, click here.