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House Democrats on Thursday passed legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by October 2025, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to bring it up in his chamber, sending the fight to the campaign trail.
The passage was a big win for workers and labor groups, even as it remained unlikely the bill would pass a Republican-controlled Senate.
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McConnell ruled out the possibility in an interview on Fox Business Network's 'Mornings with Maria.'
'It would cost, according to the Congressional Budget Office between one and three million jobs lost. We don't need to lose jobs. We don't have enough jobs now. There are more people looking for work than there are jobs available. That's how hot the economy is. This would depress the economy at a time of economic boom,' he said.
'We're not going to be doing that in the Senate.'
Democratic presidential candidates have advocated for the a $15 minimum wage on the campaign trail and McConnell's refusal to bring it up in the Senate indicates the issue will move to the campaign trail where the contenders will use it against Trump.
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Congressional Democrats will also tout the policy victory in their re-election bids next year.
The House vote comes at a time when the $15 minimum wage fight, first started by fast-food workers in New York in 2012, has been gaining momentum around the country with several states and large private-sector employers that hire entry-level workers.
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Cities and states including Seattle, San Francisco, New York state, California, Arkansas and Missouri have raised their minimum wage.
Over the past year, employers like Amazon.com Inc and Costco Wholesale Corp have raised their base wages to $15 an hour while others like Target Corp have committed to going up to that level by the end of 2020.
Even some opposed...
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