WASHINGTON D.C. – Sen. Ron Wyden took to the floor of the U.S. Senate Friday to support an amendment to a COVID-19 relief bill that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. The current federal minimum wage was last raised in 2009 to $7.25.
“The minimum wage has been stuck for 12 years, and a flat minimum wage is nothing but a slow-moving pay cut for those who make the least,” Wyden said.
The Senate has begun voting on amendments to the COVID-19 relief bill as part of a vote-a-rama. Wyden joined other Democratic senators like Bernie Sanders in making the case for a bump in the federal minimum wage.
“There has never been a stronger case for a $15 minimum wage than there is right now in this pandemic,” Wyden said.
It would take 60 votes in the Senate to consider the amendment, something not likely to happen with the narrow Democratic majority.