Representative García Votes to Pass the Raise the Wage Act

July 18, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today Representative Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) voted to pass the Raise the Wage Act in the U.S House of Representatives. This bill will gradually increase the federal minimum wage over the next six years to $15 an hour. Increasing the wages of nearly 180,000 workers in Illinois’ 4th Congressional District.

“Today, I joined the Democratic Majority in the House to ensure every working American earns a livable wage and to begin to address income inequality in our society,” García said. For decades, the wealthiest 1% have seen their wealth grow at record rates while working-class families, especially women and minorities, have continued to struggle to pay rent, keep the lights on and put food on the table. Nearly half of my constituents will see an increase in their paychecks, a majority of whom will be young Latinas. Passage of this bill is long overdue, and I am proud to take this step to give working Americans a well-deserved and needed raise.”

“Workers earning the federal minimum wage haven’t seen their chance in their pay for over 10 years and have suffered the equivalent of a 20 percent pay cut as a result of inflation, according to the Economic Policy Institute. In Illinois’ 4th Congressional District, this bill will add a total annual increase of over $186 million to the paychecks of my constituents, improving the quality of life for over 177,400 workers. In addition, the passage of this bill will do away with tipped workers in the service industry, who are currently paid well below the federal minimum wage.”