Should the federal minimum wage be raised?

Senate Democrats are considering a bill, the Fair Minimum Wage Act, that would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to as much as $10.10 an hour over two years.  

 

The federal minimum wage has not been raised since 2009 and for tipped workers it has not changed from $2.13 for 20 years. Many people feel an increase is long overdue and that it is a must in order to provide a fair living wage.

 

Fast-food workers in 100 U.S.. cities organized protests  calling for wages of $15 an hour just this week and McDonald's workers at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum were joined by more than a dozen lawmakers.

 

The White House recently announced President Obama's support for the bill, but not everyone agrees.  Some argue that a higher minimum wage will lead to fewer jobs in the long run.

 

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