U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado (NY-19) voted today in favor of the Raise the Wage Act, would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 over six years.
“Every American deserves to be paid a living wage that can support them and their family,” said Delgado in a statement. “Today, I joined my colleagues to raise the minimum wage and raise wages for 80,000 workers in New York’s 19th District. I’m glad this bill takes a thoughtful approach with commonsense provisions including a gradual on-ramp for small businesses to raise their minimum wage and critical exemptions for family farms and other agricultural workers.”
The bill passed in the house by a vote of 231-199. Six Democrats opposed it and three Republicans supported it. The Senate is not expected to take up the bill and the president has threatened a veto.
A New York State law passed in 2016 will phase in a $15 minimum wage statewide over the next several years. It’s currently $11.1o per hour and will be increased to $12.50 in 2021, and will be incrementally increased based each year after that based on various factors until it reaches $15.