Tennessee lawmaker introduces $15 minimum wage bill

Published: Jan. 15, 2021 at 3:08 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 16, 2021 at 9:42 AM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A Tennessee lawmaker introduced a bill that aims to increase the federal minimum wage to $15.

Congressman Steve Cohen introduced the ‘Living Wage Now Act,’ on Friday.

Cohen released the following statement regarding the bill:

“In such a rich nation, it is immoral that the federal minimum wage puts a full-time worker in a family of two below the poverty line. It is well past time to raise the minimum to $15 – and not incrementally, but all at once. Families are struggling and some employees are rightly treating fair wages as a collective bargaining issue. I hope that, with a new Labor Secretary and a forward-thinking Biden Administration, this legislation will be seen as a practical solution to meeting the needs of American workers and their families.”

In 2019, Cohen voted for the Raise Wage Act that would have raised the minimum wage to $15 over a seven-year period.

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