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The New 2020 Litmus Test for Dems: Supporting the ‘Fight for $15’

With the support of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders has made a $15-per-hour minimum wage a make-or-break issue for Democratic presidential candidates.

Fight for $15

First it was abortion. Then it was single-payer health care. Now it’s a doubling of the federal minimum wage.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has pushed a federally-mandated $15-per-hour wage floor for years, and as of Wednesday, he has the support of the top two officials in the Democratic Party.

Politico reported on Wednesday evening that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will join Sanders in pushing a $15-per-hour minimum wage on Thursday:

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and other senior Democrats will join Sanders and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, in releasing the legislation.

Nearly two dozen other Democratic senators publicly pledged to endorse the proposal last month.

Those Democratic senators include possible 2020 presidential candidates Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ). Sanders, a self-described socialist, is mulling a run himself.

In 2016, the conservative Heritage Foundatione estimated a “federally mandated $15-per-hour starting wage [will] cost an additional 7 million jobs” by 2021. That’s on top of an estimated two million jobs to be lost in California, New York, and Oregon from their wage hikes.