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S. 2370 (108th): Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2004

The text of the bill below is as of May 3, 2004 (Placed on Calendar in the Senate).


S 2370 PCS

Calendar No. 496

108th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2370

To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide for an increase in the Federal minimum wage.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 29, 2004

Mr. KENNEDY (for himself, Mr. DASCHLE, Mr. AKAKA, Mr. BAYH, Mrs. BOXER, Mr. BYRD, Mrs. CLINTON, Mr. CORZINE, Mr. DODD, Mr. DURBIN, Mr. EDWARDS, Mr. FEINGOLD, Mr. HARKIN, Mr. LAUTENBERG, Mr. LEAHY, Mr. LIEBERMAN, Ms. MIKULSKI, Mr. REED, Mr. ROCKEFELLER, Mr. SARBANES, Mr. SCHUMER, Ms. LANDRIEU, Mr. LEVIN, Mr. KERRY, Mr. BINGAMAN, and Mrs. MURRAY) introduced the following bill; which was read the first time

May 3, 2004

Read the second time and placed on the calendar


A BILL

To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide for an increase in the Federal minimum wage.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2004’.

SEC. 2. MINIMUM WAGE.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Section 6(a)(1) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 206(a)(1)) is amended to read as follows:

      ‘(1) except as otherwise provided in this section, not less than--

        ‘(A) $5.85 an hour, beginning on the 60th day after the date of enactment of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2003;

        ‘(B) $6.45 an hour, beginning 12 months after that 60th day; and

        ‘(C) $7.00 an hour, beginning 24 months after that 60th day;’.

    (b) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act.

SEC. 3. APPLICABILITY OF MINIMUM WAGE TO THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Section 6 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 206) shall apply to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

    (b) TRANSITION- Notwithstanding subsection (a), the minimum wage applicable to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands under section 6(a)(1) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 206(a)(1)) shall be--

      (1) $3.55 an hour, beginning on the 60th day after the date of enactment of this Act; and

      (2) increased by $0.50 an hour (or such lesser amount as may be necessary to equal the minimum wage under section 6(a)(1) of such Act), beginning 6 months after the date of enactment of this Act and every 6 months thereafter until the minimum wage applicable to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands under this subsection is equal to the minimum wage set forth in such section.

Calendar No. 496

108th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2370

A BILL

To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide for an increase in the Federal minimum wage.


May 3, 2004

Read the second time and placed on the calendar