Why Do These 64 Democrats Not Support a $15 Minimum Wage?

Yesterday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Representative Bobby Scott (VA-03) introduced legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2024, index future minimum wage increases to median wage growth, and phase out subminimum wages for tipped workers, youth workers, and workers with disabilities.

The federal minimum wage currently sits at $7.25, as it has since 2009 when the full minimum wage increase passed by Congressional Democrats and signed by President George W. Bush in 2007 took effect.

According to analysts at MIT, a living wage in the US in 2017 would have been $16.07. $15 still falls short (although it was likely on the mark when the Fight for $15 campaign first began), but gets close. That being said, a living wage in many major metro areas would be significantly higher.

The Raise the Wage Act has the support of 31 Democratic senators and 187 Democratic representatives. So who’s missing?

In the Senate, the 16 members of the Democratic caucus who did not sign on were the following:

Michael Bennet (D-CO)

Tom Carper (D-DE)

Bob Casey (D-PA)

Chris Coons (D-DE)

Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV)

Maggie Hassan (D-NH)

Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Doug Jones (D-AL)

Angus King (I-ME)

Joe Manchin (D-WV)

Bob Menendez (D-NJ)

Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)

Jon Tester (D-MT)

Tom Udall (D-NM)

Mark Warner (D-VA)

In the House, the following 48 Democrats did not sign on:

Terri Sewell (AL-07)

Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01)

Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02)

Greg Stanton (AZ-09)

Ami Bera (CA-07)

Josh Harder (CA-10)

Jim Costa (CA-16)

TJ Cox (CA-21)

Jim Himes (CT-04)

Lucy McBath (GA-06)

Ed Case (HI-01)

Sean Casten (IL-06)

Lauren Underwood (IL-14)

Abby Finkenauer (IA-01)

Cindy Axne (IA-03)

Sharice Davids (KS-03)

Jared Golden (ME-02)

Richard Neal (MA-01)

Seth Moulton (MA-06)

Stephen Lynch (MA-08)

Elissa Slotkin (MI-08)

Haley Stevens (MI-11)

Angie Craig (MN-02)

Dean Phillips (MN-03)

Collin Peterson (MN-07)

Chris Pappas (NH-01)

Annie Kuster (NH-02)

Jeff Van Drew (NJ-02)

Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05)

Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11)

Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02)

Max Rose (NY-11)

Antonio Delgado (NY-19)

Anthony Brindisi (NY-22)

Kendra Horn (OK-05)

Kurt Schrader (OR-05)

Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06)

Joe Cunningham (SC-01)

Jim Cooper (TN-05)

Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07)

Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15)

Henry Cuellar (TX-28)

Colin Allred (TX-32)

Filemon Vela (TX-34)

Lloyd Doggett (TX-35)

Ben McAdams (UT-04)

Abigail Spanberger (VA-07)

Ron Kind (WI-03)

Of note, three members of the Progressive Caucus — Angie Craig, Antonio Delgado, and Jared Golden — did not sign on to the bill.

Also of note, 15 of the bill’s co-sponsors are Democrats who flipped a seat from red to blue last fall (credit to them):

Katie Hill (CA-25)

Gil Cisneros (CA-39)

Katie Porter (CA-45)

Harley Rouda (CA-48)

Mike Levin (CA-49)

Jason Crow (CO-06)

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26)

Donna Shalala (FL-27)

Andy Kim (NJ-03)

Tom Malinowski (NJ-07)

Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05)

Susan Wild (PA-07)

Elaine Luria (VA-02)

Jennifer Wexton (VA-10)

Kim Schrier (WA-08)

Has your Congressperson not signed on yet? Give them a call.