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15_H122 on Jan 6, 2015

Bill Sponsorship: H.R.122
Source: Original Living Wage Act
Congressional Summary:
  1. The federal minimum wage should be adjusted every four years so that a person working for it may earn, as a minimum, an annual income at least 15% higher than the federal poverty threshold for a family of four;
  2. it should be set at a level high enough to allow two full-time minimum wage workers to earn an income above the national housing wage; and
  3. Congress, or any local or state government, may establish a higher minimum wage.

Opponents reasons for voting NAY: (Time magazine, 9/5/13): The Washington DC council sent a bill to the mayor's desk that would require large retailers like Walmart and Target to pay its workers a "living wage" of $12.50 per hour--significantly higher than the District's $8.25 per hour minimum wage. Here are common misunderstandings about the DC bill and minimum wage laws in general:

  • Myth 1: "Living Wage Bills help all workers." The DC law exempts retailers with stores smaller than 75,000 square feet and less than $1 billion in sales, so it doesn't help many workers in small and medium sized businesses. The size requirement has the effect of protecting giant retailers that happen to do business in relatively small stores like Nike and Apple.
  • Myth 2: "High minimum wages reduce employment." Standard economic theory says that if you raise the minimum wage, businesses will hire fewer workers. But over the past decade, San Francisco has instituted a minimum-wage requirement that rises with inflation, currently $10.55. These laws have not reduced employment; instead, businesses seem to have merely adjusted their models by training workers and retaining them longer.
  • Myth 3: "Inflation has shrunk the minimum wage." Advocates point out the minimum wage, when adjusted for inflation, has actually fallen to $7.25 today from the equivalent (in today's dollars) of $10.70 in 1968. But the earned income tax credit has more than made up for that decline. Also see equivalent House bill H.R.1010 (2014).
    Updated to include 2017 version, H.R.122

    Updated with H.R.122 - Original Living Wage Act of 2017

      Participating counts on VoteMatch question 20. Question 20: Stimulus better than market-led recovery Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
    • Topic: Jobs
    • Headline: Raise minimum wage to 15% above poverty level (Score: 1)
    • Headline 2: Raise minimum wage to 15% above poverty level (Score: 2)

      Participating counts on AmericansElect question 1.
    • Headline: Raise minimum wage to 15% above poverty level (Answer: C)
    • Headline 2: Raise minimum wage to 15% above poverty level (Answer: D)
    • AmericansElect Quiz Question 1 on Economy: When you think about the US budget deficit, which of the following solutions is closest to your opinion?
      • A: Cutting existing programs
      • B: More spending cuts than tax increases (mix of both solutions)
      • C: More tax increases than spending cuts (mix of both solutions)
      • D: Raising Taxes
      • E: Unsure

    • Key for participation codes:
    • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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    • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
    • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
    • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

    Democrats participating in 15_H122

    Corrine Brown s1oFlorida DemocratJan 6, 2015
    G.K. Butterfield s1oNorth Carolina DemocratJan 8, 2015
    Yvette Clarke s1oNew York DemocratJan 6, 2015
    William Lacy Clay s1oMissouri DemocratJan 13, 2015
    Emmanuel Cleaver s1oMissouri DemocratJan 6, 2015
    James Clyburn s1oSouth Carolina DemocratJan 6, 2015
    Steve Cohen s1oTennessee DemocratAug 4, 2017
    John Conyers s1oMichigan DemocratJan 6, 2015
    Elijah Cummings s1oMaryland DemocratJan 6, 2015
    Marcia Fudge s1oOhio DemocratJan 6, 2015
    Al Green s2pTexas Democrat
    Mike Honda s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 6, 2015
    Sheila Jackson Lee s1oTexas DemocratJan 6, 2015
    Hakeem Jeffries s1oNew York DemocratJan 6, 2015
    Eddie Bernice Johnson s1oTexas DemocratJan 6, 2015
    Barbara Lee s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 6, 2015
    John Lewis s1oGeorgia DemocratJan 6, 2015
    Gwen Moore s1oWisconsin DemocratJan 6, 2015
    Eleanor Holmes Norton s1oDistrict of Columbia DemocratJan 6, 2015
    Jamie Raskin s1oMaryland DemocratJul 24, 2017
    Marc Veasey s1oTexas DemocratJan 6, 2015

    Republicans participating in 15_H122

    Independents participating in 15_H122

    Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

    Democrats: 21
    Republicans: 0
    Independents: 0

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