The Fair Minimum Wage Act (H.R. 6211) was introduced by House Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member George Miller (D-CA) on July 26. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chair Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced companion legislation (S. 3453) in the Senate on the same day.
The legislation would incrementally increase the minimum wage, over three years, from $7.25 to $9.80 an hour. The minimum wage will be indexed for inflation in subsequent years.
The measure would also increase base pay for workers who receive tips. Currently, the minimum base pay for tipped workers is $2.13 an hour, a figure unchanged for the last 21 years. The measure would increase the base pay amount by 85 cents annually until the base pay reaches 70% of the federal minimum wage.
On June 6, Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) introduced legislation, H.R. 5901, to increase the minimum wage to $10 an hour (see Memo, 6/8).
The full bill text is attached to this page.