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Inside the disagreement and inaction in Congress over raising the minimum wage, which hasn't gone up in 12 years

3 monthes ago   |   By Business Insider

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during an event to introduce the Raise The Wage Act in the Rayburn Room at the U.S. Capitol January 16, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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The federal minimum wage was last raised on July 24, 2009 - 12 years ago.
As legislators squabble over infrastructure, the minimum wage is still nowhere to be found.
Democrats do still want to raise it, but the party is split on how and when to do it - and how much.
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It's been 12 years since Congress last raised the minimum wage. As a McDonald's worker who makes just $10 an hour, I'm getting sick of Congress delaying another much-needed raise

It's been 12 years since Congress last raised the minimum wage. As a McDonald's worker who makes just $10 an hour, I'm getting sick of Congress delaying another much-needed raise

3 monthes ago   |   By Business Insider

Summary List Placement For millions of workers across the country, it's been 12 years without a raise in the minimum wage.
12 years is a long time. In the past 12 years, we've had three different presidents, six Olympics, and seven Fast & Furious movies. But in all that time, the federal minimum wage has stayed the same. The last time it was increased was on July 24, 2009, to the amount of just $7.25 an hour.
That means that companies like the one I work for, McDonald's, can continue to pay us starvation wages, even while they made nearly $5 billion in profits last year in the middle of a...
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