After House Passes $15 Minimum Wage Bill, Bernie Sanders Demands McConnell Let Senate Vote

After the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed a “historic” piece of legislation Thursday that would raise the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 up to $15, Sen. Bernie Sanders immediately called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow that chamber to vote on the companion bill.

“No one who has a job in America should be living in poverty. Let the Senate vote.” —Sen. Bernie SandersRecalling how his original bill proposing a $15 federal minimum wage, first introduced in 2015, was at the time dismissed as an “impossible dream,” Sanders in a statement thanked “a strong grassroots movement led by millions of fast food workers and the SEIU” for securing passage of the Raise the Wage Act of 2019—introduced by Rep. Mark Pocan, the Democrat from Wisconsin who co-chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

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“Today,” said Sanders, “I am proud to say that a $15 minimum wage has gone from laughable to inevitable.”