After two years of running the Biden administration and President Biden touting their own economic achievements, most Americans still live paycheck to paycheck.
In a tweet on Monday, Representative of Alexandria Acacia-Cortes suggested that Republicans were to blame for Congress not raising the minimum wage last year despite Democrats holding majorities in the US House and Senate.
“60% of workers report living paycheck to paycheck,” the Republican Party tweeted.
The AOC responded: “And yet you still voted against raising the minimum wage.”
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While her tweet probably should have been a wave at republicans Twitter Fact-Check jumped into the conversation to add context to its statement, pointing out that both sides are at fault.
“The minimum wage has not changed since 2009,” the fact-checker said, indicating that both sides had plenty of time to wrangle the measure.
Neither that nor the other.
Back in 2021, Congress passed a bill to raise the minimum wage again.
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Democrats introduced the bill, but unlike AOC’s tweet, the bill received bipartisan support. He also had opposition from Republicans and Democrats.
“In 2021 Congress voted on the bill on raising the minimum wage. [It] The House passed 231-199,” the fact-checker said. 192 Republicans, 8 Democrats and one independent opposed the bill. “Three Rs supported it,” the report added.
The bill failed to pass the Senate, however seven Democrats opposed it.
“Blocked 58-42 in the Senate. 7 Ds and one [Independent] joined all the rupees to block the bill,” the fact-checker noted.
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In accordance with Ministry of Labor, the federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour after it was raised on July 24, 2009.
The minimum wage was previously raised to $5.85 an hour on July 24, 2007, then again to $6.55 an hour effective July 24, 2008.
While the federal minimum wage is the lowest an employer can pay an employee, more than half of the states have set the bar higher than the federal standard.
Ohio’s minimum wage is $9.30 an hour.
In Florida, it’s $10 an hour.
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Virginia’s minimum wage is $11 an hour.
In Hawaii, it’s $12 an hour; in Oregon – $13.50; in California – $14 per hour.