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Republicans see Democrats' $15 minimum wage increase and counter with $10 instead

Republicans see Democrats' $15 minimum wage increase and counter with $10 instead

Mitt Romney and Tom Cotton at a news conference in 2014.
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Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and Mitt Romney propose raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2025.




Biden has proposed a Bernie Sanders-backed $15 wage increase as part of the $1.9 trillion stimulus.




The proposal comes as Biden reportedly doubts whether $15 can pass and a moderate Democrat suggested $11.




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To counter the Democrats' proposal of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, two Republican senators introduced a bill on Tuesday that maintained the 2025 timeline, but would instead raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour by then.The Raise the Wage Act of 2025, led by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, was included in the Democrats' $1.9 trillion stimulus package that passed out of the House Budget Committee on Monday. Republicans oppose the stimulus package as too large in general, but a new bill by Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Mitt Romney of Utah signals bipartisan support for a minimum wage increase. Their Higher Wages for American Workers Act proposes to gradually raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2025 with a mandatory E-Verify, which would ensure that all workers who would receive the higher wages are legal."American workers today compete against millions of illegal immigrants for too few jobs with wages that are too low - that's unfair," Cotton said in a statement. "Ending the black market for illegal labor will open up jobs for Americans. Raising the minimum wage will allow Americans filling those jobs to better support their families. Our bill does both."
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