President Joe Biden Pushes For Minimal Wage To Be Elevated To $15 An Hour—‘No One Working 40 Hours A Week Ought to Dwell Beneath The Poverty Line’
During his recent address to Congress, President Joe Biden discussed several issues plaguing Americans – and was particularly determined to raise the statewide minimum wage to $ 15 an hour. As he neared his first 100 days in office, President Biden reached out to Congress with various plans and initiatives, but the talk about the minimum wage caught most of the attention.
Speaking to Congress about raising the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour, President Biden insisted that “no one who works 40 hours a week should live below the poverty line.” Currently, the national minimum wage is $ 7.25 and has not increased since 2009.
While most Democratic Congressmen approved of Biden’s plans, West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin was quick to say that he thought $ 15 is too high – and that $ 11 an hour is more likely.
Elsewhere during the congressional address, President Biden also presented the American employment plan, which aims to improve transportation infrastructure such as roads, highways, railways, airports and ports while investing in clean water infrastructure.
“The American Jobs Plan creates jobs that replace 100% of the country’s lead pipes and service lines so every American, every child, can turn the tap and be safe to drink clean water,” he said during his address.
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