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Bernie Makes a Job-Killing $15 Minimum Wage the Standard for Democrats

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will introduce a bill on Wednesday to hike the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Patty Murray (D-WA), who once supported less drastic wage hikes, will join Sanders.

By NTK Staff | 04.26.2017 @9:14am
Bernie Makes a Job-Killing $15 Minimum Wage the Standard for Democrats

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will introduce yet another bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour on Wednesday, but this time he will have the support of establishment Democrats.

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday morning that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), both of whom supported a $12 federal minimum wage in 2016, will co-sponsor Sanders’ bill.

The enthusiasm from establishment Democrats for a doubling of the federal minimum wage, which could kill millions of American jobs, is a sign of how far left Sanders has pulled the Democratic Party in a few short months.

The Post noted that Sanders barely found co-sponsors for his $15 minimum wage bill just two years ago:

The last version of the Sanders bill, 2015’s Pay Workers a Living Wage Act, had just five co-sponsors. The new bill counts 22 co-sponsors, including Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer. Just two years ago, Schumer resisted the $15 minimum wage proposal, instead co-sponsoring Murray’s legislation for a $12 wage — “a winner issue for us,” according to Schumer.

But, after losses across the board in 2016, Democrats are eager to hand the party over to Sanders, a self-described socialist.

A study conducted by the conservative Heritage Foundation in 2016 found that “[a] federally mandated $15-per-hour starting wage would cost [America] an additional 7 million jobs.” The “additional” refers to “currenty legislated” increases in California, New York, and Oregon, which Heritage estimated will cost two million jobs by 2021.

It appears, though, that under Sanders’ Democratic Party, support for a $15 federal minimum wage will be a make-or-break issue for candidates in 2018 and beyond.

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