The Democratic women of the
“No one in America should have to live in poverty after putting in a full day’s work, and yet that is the case today,” said California Sen.
In a show of solidarity, Boxer and her fellow senators reminisced about their own experiences with earning minimum wage. Sen.
The legislation, known as the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, is expected to come to the Senate floor for debate in March, but it faces strong opposition in the House — where some Republicans have argued that the wage increase would lead to job losses across the country. A recent Pew Research Center survey showed that 73% of Americans favored the minimum wage increase to $10.10 an hour, while 25% opposed it. A narrow majority of Republicans, 53% to 43%, favored the idea.
Still, because of the fractious politics in
Even with those moves, Boxer noted Thursday that a number of states "are way ahead," but "a lot of the states are way behind."
"If the states want to do more -- boy, I'd go door to door in California if I can help in certain communities," Boxer said. "But it doesn't take away from what we have to do here, which is set the floor."