Legislation Introduced to Raise Minimum Wage | 22 Words

The Democrats have introduced a legislation to almost double the minimum wage in the next four years...

The last week has seen a huge shift for the US.

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With Donald Trump leaving the White House and Joe Biden sworn in as the President of the United States.

Combined with the Democrats gaining control of the Senate, some big change are underway.

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In fact, just a week after he was sworn in, President Biden has already made some big decisions.

Clearly, he is wasting no time putting his mark firmly upon our country.

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Biden has been busy dismantling a whole array of Trump-era regulations.

For example...

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First of all, he reportedly wasted no time removing Trump's diet coke button from the Oval Office

Mere hours after his inauguration ceremony, Biden fulfilled one of his top campaign promises by pledging to put the U.S. back in the Paris Agreement on climate change - an international pact aimed at curbing emissions that cause global warming.

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Trump famously withdrew from the agreement in 2017, citing costs to American taxpayers.

He also clamped down on the country's COVID-19 response.

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Biden signed an executive order which created the position of COVID-19 response coordinator, who will advise the president and oversee the distribution of vaccines, tests, and other supplies.

An executive order requiring mask-wearing on federal property was also signed.

And as for the country's ongoing racial division?

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Well, Biden has already got to work on putting the pieces back together.

He first signed an executive order to promote racial equity.

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Biden ordered his government to conduct equity assessments of its agencies and reallocate resources to "advance equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality."

He then reversed Trump's infamous ban on U.S. entry from majority-Muslim countries.

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Biden's proclamation reversed Trump's policy that barred entry to the U.S. for refugees and residents from 7 predominantly Muslim countries and orders plans within forty-five days for resuming visa processing.

And then Biden's next move?

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Well, he brought back the plans for the face of Harriet Tubman to be put on the new $20 bill design.

Now, this would be a huge move for not only Black history, but for all Black people across America.

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Known as the "Moses of her people," Harriet Tubman was enslaved, escaped, and helped others gain their freedom as a "conductor" of the Underground Railroad.

To this day, she remains a poignant figure in the slavery abolishment movement, and a true hero among the Black community.

And now the latest move?

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Democrats are proposing to more than double the US minimum wage.

A bill proposing the raise has been introduced to Congress.

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With the aim for the raise to take place within the next 4 years.

If passed, the "Raise the Wage Act" would initially see the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour increased to $9.50.

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Following that, increases would gradually happen until the wage reaches $15 in 2025.

A version of the bill was passed back in 2019, but it was never voted upon in the then Republican controlled Senate.

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But with Senate now Democrat controlled, the passing could be a lot easier this time around.

As per CNBC, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer supports the $15 an hour minimum wage increase.

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As does President Biden, as he included it in his coronavirus relief package.

A per Forbes, a recent poll found that 72% of American's support raising the minimum wage.

That includes 69% of independents and 62% of Republicans.

Senator Bernie Sanders spoke to The Guardian earlier this week and showed his support for the increase calling it "imperative".

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He said, "This country faces an enormous economic crisis that is aggravated by the pandemic. We're looking at terrible levels of unemployment."

"We're looking at growing income and wealth inequality. What concerns me as much as anything is that half our people are living paycheck to paycheck. Millions of people are trying to survive on starvation wages."

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"For me, it's morally imperative that we raise the minimum wage to a living wage that's at least $15 an hour," he added.

Though not everyone agrees as some say that the increase would be unfair on small businesses due to the current economic situation as a result of the pandemic.

While other say the decision of minimum wage should be left for individual states to decide.

Incredible news!

Clearly, we could be seeing a new era for America.

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