House Education and the Workforce Committee Hearing on Minimum Wage

A reprint from the December 10th Washington Update, the weekly newsletter of the US Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council

“On Wednesday, December 12, the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections will hold the hearing ‘Mandating a $15 Minimum Wage: Consequences for Workers and Small Businesses’ in the Rayburn House Office Building at 10:00 a.m. EST.

Republicans, in their last hearing in the majority, will use the hearing to make the case that a $15 minimum will hurt businesses. Congressman Bobby Scott (VA), who is expected to take over as chairman, said last month that the committee will take up $15 minimum wage legislation next year.

Scott has said that the minimum wage bill will be one of the first the committee will consider with the expectation that something very similar, but not identical to, the Raise the Wage Act, which is $15 by 2024, will be under consideration.”

Since 1977, the WDC has worked closely with Mayors and their representatives to influence Congress, policy, and the U.S. Department of Labor in directing employment and training funds throughout the country. The WDC works to ensure that workforce development activities are a key focus of cities. The WDC also supports and informs the work of the USCM Committee on Jobs, Education and Workforce.

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