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Democrats call for $15 federal minimum wage in platform

Hillary Clinton meets with SEIU members at the union's May convention in Detroit. At left is union President Mary Kay Henry. (Carlos Osorio / Associated Press)
Hillary Clinton meets with SEIU members at the union's May convention in Detroit. At left is union President Mary Kay Henry. (Carlos Osorio / Associated Press)

Democratic leaders emerged from hours of closed-door conversations Friday with an agreement to call for a $15-per-hour federal minimum wage in the party platform. 

The proposal, adopted during a meeting in Orlando, was a priority for Sen. Bernie Sanders. Right now the federal minimum wage is $7.25.Sanders welcomed the change in a tweet.

However, the amendment pushed by Sanders was modified at the request of a Hillary Clinton supporter, Service Employees International Union leader Mary Kay Henry. 

The final language in the platform calls for the higher minimum wage "over time," providing some political breathing room when pushing for the change. 

Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, called for a $12 federal minimum wage during the primary, although she praised New York and California when they raised their state requirements to $15.


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