Minimum wage

House Democrats advance bill for $15 federal minimum wage

Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The House Committee on Education and Labor voted along party lines Wednesday to advance a bill raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 by 2024.

The big picture: Democrats argue the bill would provide wage hikes to nearly 40 million Americans. Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to bring the legislation to the House floor for a vote, where it will likely be approved — marking "the most significant step toward raising the federal minimum wage since 2009," per CNBC. But with a Republican-controlled Senate and White House until at least 2020, that's as far as the bill will likely get.

Go deeper: Wave of states look to pass $15 minimum wage laws in 2019

Wave of states look to pass $15 minimum wage laws in 2019

Minimum wage protestors. Photo: Pacific Press/Getty Images

A federally mandated minimum-wage increase seems like a long-shot with the GOP-held Senate, so a collection of states are stepping up to help spearhead the "Fight for $15" movement.

Why it matters: Years-long strikes and rallies across the country have paid off, and several states with Democratically-controlled legislatures and governorships have made it easier to institute such policies with the goal of lifting people out of poverty.

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