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Democrats back bill to raise minimum wage to $15, foreshadowing 2020 election fight

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Demonstrators in Chicago march in front of the McDonald’s headquarters demanding a minimum wage of $15 an hour.

House Democrats on Thursday passed a bill to double the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, highlighting a yawning gap between the two parties ahead of what’s shaping up to be one of the most bitterly contested presidential elections in history.

The federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 since July 2009. The 10-year interval since the last time it was increased is the longest ever.

The so-called “raise the wage” measure was approved in a 231-199 vote largely along party lines, but it has effectively no chance of passage in the Republican-controlled Senate.

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