Sarbanes Votes to Raise Wages for Millions of American Workers

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 582), a bill that would boost paychecks for more than 33 million Americans by steadily increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.

“Today, House Democrats delivered on our promise to lift up American workers by advancing a well-deserved and long-overdue pay raise,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “The Raise the Wage Act will not only increase pay for millions of Americans – including 84,500 Marylanders in the Third Congressional District – but also help lift more than 1.3 million Americans out of poverty.”

Additional provisions of the Raise the Wage Act include:

  • Indexing future federal minimum wage increases to median wage growth, which will ensure that the value of the minimum wage no longer decays over time;
  • Guaranteeing that tipped workers are paid at least the full federal minimum wage by phasing out the subminimum wage – without eliminating tips;
  • Making sure that teen workers are paid at least the full federal minimum wage by phasing out the rarely used subminimum wage for youth workers; and
  • Ending subminimum wage certificates for workers with disabilities, which will provide more opportunities for workers with disabilities to be competitively employed and to participate more fully in our communities.