(ConservativeUnit.com)- Senator Lindsey Graham isn’t backing down on the fight against the Democrats to stop the introduction of a federal minimum wage increase to $15 per hour, insisting that his Democratic colleagues “think long and hard” about their plan and how it may just have the exact opposite effect of what the Democrats say it will.
During a Senate Budget Committee hearing, Graham warned that if the legislation passes it could destroy businesses who are already struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There will be a time to increase the minimum wage but during the COVID crisis, this is the worst possible time to increase mandates on small businesses because they’re barely making it to begin with,” Graham said on the issue of whether taxpayers should be forced to subsidize low wages for those working at hugely profitable international corporations.
“I look forward to working with you about how could we, in a responsible way, to increase wages but right now is not that time in my view…I would just implore you to think of what we’re doing, at a time where restaurants, hotels are barely hanging on because of the restrictions on travel,” Graham added.
You can see Graham in action in the link below.
Senate Budget Committee hearing today at 10:15 am on the Democrats’ push to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, especially when Americans are facing hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) February 25, 2021
But Democrats appear adamant on moving forwards with plans, under pressure from activists who say they are “desperate” for the rule change.
“We don’t live – we survive,” Pam Garrison, a retiree in West Virginia told the press recently. “And that’s not good enough in America.”
Many advocacy groups agree with her, and President Joe Biden has already indicated that if a rise in the minimum wage doesn’t make the cut in the next round of COVID relief legislation, he would pursue other legislation to facilitate the increase.
Congress is currently preparing to vote on legislation that would increase the federal minimum wage, though most of the retail giants that can already afford to pay it…already are. Critics of the legislation say that it would harm smaller businesses who simply cannot compete with the likes of Best Buy, Target, and Amazon.
The Congressional Budget Office also revealed recently that increasing the federal minimum wage could cost 1.4 million jobs by 2025, while also increasing the budget deficit by $54 billion over the next decade.