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Wed May 24, 2017, 05:14 PM

Democratic leaders to join Sanders on $15 minimum wage pitch May 25

By ELANA SCHOR 05/24/2017 04:56 PM EDT

Congressional Democratic leaders will unveil a proposal to hike the minimum wage to $15 an hour on Thursday alongside Sen. Bernie Sanders, who made the issue a centerpiece of his 2016 presidential campaign.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and other senior Democrats will join Sanders and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, in releasing the legislation.

Nearly two dozen other Democratic senators publicly pledged to endorse the proposal last month. Sanders has long pushed for the $15 minimum wage, but the plan drew significantly more Democratic support and a formal addition to the party platform after the Vermont independent challenged Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary.

The $15 minimum wage proposal also offers Democrats a new potential plank in an economic agenda they are rolling out ahead of the 2018 midterms with a nod to the working class-friendly populism that Sanders seized on during his White House bid. Senate Democrats have already released an infrastructure framework, and Schumer has said a separate trade package will soon be in the offing.


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