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|NC congressional delgation split on federal minimum wage bill|
|Rep. Alma Adams among 3 Democrats voting yes|
|Published Thursday, July 18, 2019 2:00 pm|
|U.S. Rep. Alma Adams of Charlotte was one of three N.C. Democrats to vote for a $15-an-hour federal minimum wage bill Thursday. The state's 10 Republican lawmakers voted against the measure, which would incrementally raise the standard to $15 an hour by 2025.|
U.S. Rep. Alma Adams is one of three North Carolina lawmakers to back a federal minimum-wage bill that passed the House of Representatives Thursday.
Adams, G.K. Butterfield and David Price, the only Democrats in the 13-person state state’s congressional delegation are co-sponsors of H.R. 582, the Raise the Wage Act, which would boost the federal standard to $15 an hour by 2025. All 10 North Carolina Republicans voted against the bill, which passed 231-199.
“For too long, we have accepted a system where the rich get richer, and average Americans work longer and harder just to survive,” Adams said in a statement. “By passing the Raise the Wage Act, the House of Representatives sends the message strongly and clearly – No one working full-time should live in poverty.”
A $15-per-hour minimum wage would boost the pay of about 17 million workers nationwide, according to a report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The number of people with annual income below the poverty line would also fall by an estimated 1.3 million.
One in nine full-time U.S. workers are paid wages that leave them trapped in poverty. The Raise the Wage Act would:
• Gradually raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 by 2025.
• Index future increases to median wage growth to protect against wage erosion.
• End sub-minimum wage certificates for workers with disabilities.
The bill faces a much tougher road in the Republican-leaning Senate, but getting a minimum-wage bill through the House represents a victory for workers’ rights groups who’ve long championed increased pay for entry-level jobs. Opponents contend a wage hike will stifle business development and force large-scale layoffs. The minimum wage is also a major theme of the 2020 election cycle, in which Democrats are pushing economic equality as a bedrock issue.
“From my time in the State House, where I led the successful effort to raise North Carolina’s minimum wage, to Congress, I have been adamant that working hard is not enough if you don’t make enough,” said Adams, chair of the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections. “There are people in North Carolina’s 12th District, and across the country, who are working full-time and not earning enough to feed their families. In the wealthiest country in the world, this is absolutely inexcusable.”
H.R. 582, Adams said, will increase pay for up to 33 million workers, including 151,400 people in the 12th District, which encompasses Charlotte and nearly all of Mecklenburg County. “It is good for workers, good for the economy, and it’s the right thing to do,” she said.
|And I feel that is exactly what's going to happen, businesses will start to lay off employees and jobs will! Be limited, which will hike unemployment and state benefits. It seems as this will never way out, but why? When their is a way, being a wealthy city and state. Right now the cost of living is higher then what we can afford and wonder why places like Crisis Assistant is always crowded and running out of funds. The new development that they are building and houses, the monthly rent is higher then the voucher so therefore we are force to stay where we are until either you get more money or make due.|
|Posted on July 18, 2019|
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