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Romney, Cotton Propose $10 Minimum Wage in Counter to Democrat Push for $15 an Hour

February 23, 2021

In a counterpoint to the Democrat push for an hourly minimum wage hike to $15, Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Tuesday announced their own bill that would raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2025. Called the Higher Wages for American Workers Act (pdf), Cotton and Romney’s bill would gradually raise the federal minimum wage over four years while tightening enforcement on hiring illegal immigrants to ensure the wage boost only goes to legal workers. “We must create opportunities for American workers and protect their jobs, while also eliminating one of the key drivers of illegal immigration,” Romney said in a statement. Besides holding off with the wage hike until the COVID-19 emergency is over, the bill also features protections for small businesses with fewer than 20 employees by giving them a longer phase-in period for the increased minimum wage. “For millions of Americans, … Read More

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