Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said while one Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria” that despite the House’s enthusiastic efforts to double the minimum wage, the Senate will not hear the matter, according to The DailyMail.
“House Democrats on Thursday passed legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by October 2025,” the DailyMail reported, citing the idea that the fight for higher wages for low paid workers would now be on the campaign trail.
“The passage was a big win for workers and labor groups, even as it remained unlikely the bill would pass a Republican-controlled Senate.”
McConnell said that the would not so much as bring the bill to the floor of the Senate because he believes that it would be bad for the economy:
“It would cost, according to the Congressional Budget Office between one and three million jobs lost. We don’t need to lose jobs. We don’t have enough jobs now. There are more people looking for work than there are jobs available. That’s how hot the economy is. This would depress the economy at a time of economic boom,” he said.
“We’re not going to be doing that in the Senate.”
Research shows that hiking the minimum wage to $15 would kill jobs and depress the economy at a time when it’s thriving for the American people. We are not going to be taking that up in the Senate. pic.twitter.com/SiyXGBDKkr
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) July 18, 2019
Several Democratic presidential candidates have pushed for a minimum wage hike as part of their platform, and McConnell’s refusal to allow the bill to come before congress could mean that it becomes an even bigger issue that Democrats could try to use to entice voters away from President Donald Trump
“This is a historic day,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi, adding this is about 33 million people in the country getting a raise. “No one can live in dignity with a $7.25 an hour wage. Can you?” she said.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer chimed in, saying that the pay raise was long overdue: “We’ve now had the longest period without a minimum wage increase,” he said.
While three Republicans voted for the pay hike, six Democrats voted against a measure that has already been at least partially enacted in states and cities across the nation, including Seattle, San Francisco, New York state, California, Arkansas and Missouri.
The pay increase, which seems lucrative on the surface, brings with it fears that businesses would be forced to hire fewer people, replacing them with automation, therefore decreasing the number of jobs available to compensate for the higher pay.