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Presidential Election: Raising the Minimum Wage

September 15, 2020


Whether or not to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour is one of many employment issues at stake in the 2020 presidential election.

Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden supports raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2026. President Donald Trump has sometimes supported that stance, but Republicans generally have been opposed to an increase to $15 an hour.

In 2019, President Trump said he was open to a federal minimum wage of $15 per hour but then opposed House legislation that raised the rate. In July, he said he would make a major statement about the minimum wage, but the announcement never came.

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