Though he’s running a pretty damn surprisingly successful campaign, Senator Bernie Sanders has not forgot what he’s promised so far to do.
In front of an audience of striking federal contract workers, he revealed legislation today that would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour nationally. Yes, $15. Go ahead Conservatives and have your heart attacks. Sanders spoke to the crowd saying:
“Today, we send a very loud and clear message to the United States Congress, to the president of the United States, and to corporate America. In the richest country on the face of the earth, no one who works 40 hours a week should be living in poverty.”
The federal minimum wage, which sits at a mere $7.25, would be raised over time until 2020 when it would cap at $15. Though it seems a huge jump, I think there is some strategy behind picking such a high number, and I feel it’s a good plan. When haggling, I’ve always been told you start out with a large number so that when you haggle down, you’ll get a satisfactory number. With promoting the idea of a $15 an hour wage, a proposal by Sen. Patty Murray was made that would raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour – which may seem a little more palatable to Republicans (though it did not get anywhere thanks to the Republican-controlled Congress). I’d prefer we get $15 an hour, however.
Hillary Clinton has remained close guarded on revealing her thoughts on a $15 dollar an hour minimum wage. Martin O’Malley, former governor of Maryland who is also running for the Democratic nomination, supports $15 an hour.
Hillary in New Hampshire:
“I support the local efforts that are going on that are making is possible for people working in certain localities to actually earn 15.”
Granted, I’m assuming it’s simply a response to Sanders’ grassroots effort to gain the nomination for president.
Being rivals, Sanders responded to Hillary’s comments:
“That’s her view. I support 15 an hour. She can do what she wants.”
You feel that guys? I think there is change in the air, and I think it’s going to be for the better. I’m excited to see what happens in the next few months!