Bernie Sanders Hits Trump Where It Hurts at Rally for New $15 Minimum Wage Bill


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) held a rally with striking workers in Washington on Wednesday to celebrate Sanders' reintroduction of a $15 minimum wage bill. The bill aims to hold both parties accountable for fulfilling President Trump's unkept promises to working people. 

"The president has spent the first hundred days governing from the far-right on behalf of powerful and special interests, breaking his promise to the working people of America," Schumer told the crowd.

"So, we're here today to say that Democrats in Congress have not forgotten about you," he continued. "We're going to fight like hell to improve your lives... to make $15 an hour a reality in this nation."

Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.) plan to push a companion bill in the House. Currently, Scott's Raise the Wage Act calls for a $12 minimum wage and has 175 Democratic cosponsors

The "shameful" irony of President Trump simultaneously pushing through his massive tax bill to benefit wealthy Americans was not lost on Schumer.

"$15 isn't going to make anybody rich," Schumer quipped. "But it's at least going to let people live a life of dignity."

Soon after, Sanders took to the mic with a familiar message about growing income inequality in America.

"Brothers and sisters, we are here today for some very serious business... to demand that the Republican leadership in the United States Congress and the President of the United States start representing the vast majority of the people in this country, the working families, and not just the billionaire class," Sanders said. 


Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ }}
@2022 - AlterNet Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. - "Poynter" fonts provided by