January 16, 2019

Bread for the World Statement on the Introduction of the “Raise the Wage Act of 2019”

Women are overrepresented in the 10 lowest-paid jobs in the U.S. economy. Photo: Joseph Molieri / Bread for the World

Today, Bread for the World announces their support for the “Raise the Wage Act of 2019.”

If enacted, this legislation would raise the federal minimum wage this year and increase it annually until it reaches $15 an hour in 2024. Thereafter, the minimum wage will be adjusted each year to keep pace with inflation. This would lift wages for 41 million American workers and significantly decrease poverty and hunger in the United States.

At Bread for the World, we believe that the preferred way to end hunger is to ensure that everyone who wants a job can get one and that it pays a living wage. Wages have been stagnant for decades – meaning that workers are earning less, inequality is rising, and families can’t make ends meet.

The “Raise the Wage Act” would, for the first time ever, bring full-time minimum-wage earnings above the poverty line for a family of four. The Bible is clear, ‘The laborer deserves to be paid’ (1 Timothy 5:18).

We urge Republicans and Democrats in Congress to co-sponsor and pass this bill.

"The laborer deserves to be paid"

1 Timothy 5:18

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