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H.R. 2080: Paying Hourly Americans Stronger Earnings (PHASE) in $15 Wage Act

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Should there be a single minimum wage for all 50 states, or should it differ depending on local prices and costs of living?


The federal minimum wage has remained unchanged for 10 years, stuck at $7.25/hour since 2009. Because of inflation, that means the minimum wage has lost -14.8% of its value since it was last increased.

By law, no state can set a minimum wage lower than the federal one: $7.25/hour. However, 29 states plus Washington, D.C. have gone in the opposite direction and set minimum wages higher than that.

Congressional Democrats and every Democratic presidential candidate propose increasing the federal minimum wage. But how do they respond to concerns that prices vary wildly in different parts of the country, so increasing ...

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Terri Sewell

Sponsor. Representative for Alabama's 7th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 4, 2019
Length: 6 pages
Apr 4, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Apr 4, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on April 4, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Apr 4, 2019

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H.R. 2080 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 2080. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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