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S. 478: Higher Wages for American Workers Act of 2021

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The current $7.25 federal minimum wage was last raised in 2009. That’s the longest duration the minimum wage has ever remained unchanged, breaking the previous record of 9.9 years from 1997 to 2007.

States or municipalities can set their own minimum wage higher than $7.25, as 29 states plus Washington, D.C. currently do. It’s not just blue states: red states including Alaska, Arkansas, Missouri, Montana, South Dakota, and West Virginia, have done so as well.

President Joe Biden and most congressional Democrats advocate phasing in a $15 minimum wage over several years. The Raise the Wage Act has 197 House Democratic cosponsors and 37 Senate Democratic cosponsors, although enough Senate Democrats remain hesitant that it may not pass …

Sponsor and status

Tom Cotton

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Arkansas. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 25, 2021
Length: 74 pages
Feb 25, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Feb 25, 2021

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4 Cosponsors (4 Republicans)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Feb 25, 2021

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S. 478 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 478. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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