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.