Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on Tuesday released a proposal to increase the minimum wage to $10 an hour, countering Democrats’ loftier proposal that’s unlikely to pass in the Senate without stronger support.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) wears a protective mask while departing the U.S. Capitol on February 13.
Dubbed the Higher Wages for American Workers Act, the bill would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $10, from its current level of $7.25, by 2025 and then index the wage to inflation every two years.
Unlike Democrats’ proposal, the bill would allow businesses with fewer than 20 employees two extra years to meet the minimum, and in even starker contrast, it would mandate that all employers check the legal status of workers through the Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify system.
The proposed increase would impact about a dozen states that aren’t set to have a minimum wage of at least $10 by 2025.
The move comes as Democrats await a decision from a key Senate advisor as soon as Wednesday about whether their $15-an-hour proposal can be included as part of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan…