The boost would mean $4,400 more a year in earnings for full time minimum wage workers, he said.
candidate Peter Welch said Wednesday they would push for legislation boosting it to $7.25 per hour if elected.
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Some of their opponents also support the $7.25 minimum, their campaigns asserted Wednesday. Republican House candidate Martha Rainville, who is in favor the change, advocated the boost in May, spokesman Brendan McKenna said.
resulted in a huge increase to our national debt."
State Sen. Mark Shepard, Rainville's opponent in the Sept. 12 GOP primary for the seat, declined to give a position about minimum wage when asked Wednesday.
"It's a disgrace that people would work 40 hours a week and not meet the poverty line," said Welch, who said he would co sponsor a bill to raise the federal minimum soon after being sworn in if he's elected. Sen. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D Vt., who is backing his campaign.
Sanders' Republican opponent, Rich Tarrant, said he supports the proposed boost to $7.25 but said Sanders recently voted against a boost in the minimum wage, as part of a bill dealing with the estate tax.
said Shepard. "We need to be focused on issues affecting Vermonters, and that's not one of them."
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"It is not acceptable in America that there are people in America making $5.15 an hour and trying to support a family," said Sanders. "That is not what America's about."
The bill, which would have raised the estate tax exemption to $5 million per person and $10 million per couple, passed the House last month but not in the Senate. It was criticized by Democrats as a cynical parliamentary ploy aimed at giving Republicans political capital.
"They tied an increase in the minimum wage to an $800 billion tax giveaway to the wealthiest two tenths of 1 percent of Americans," said Sanders spokesman Paul Hortenstine on Wednesday. "Bernie Sanders and the Democratic leadership all for raising Flyknit Racer Black And White On Feet the minimum wage and almost every Democrat voted against this giveaway that would have Nike Flyknit Air Max 2016 Womens
With staunch opposition to the estate tax changes, they said, there was little chance of the bill passing anyway.
The $2.10 increase would bring the federal minimum into line with Vermont's mandatory minimum wage and help thousands of working families who live below the poverty line because the government hasn't boosted the standard since 1997, they said. House.
"He could've voted for the bill and helped the poor and helped the wealthy," Tarrant said in an interview. "He chose to hurt the wealthy and he hurt the poor in the process."
Sanders press for minimum wage boost
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