It’s the second time in a week that Congress has passed legislation that would raise the minimum wage.
On Thursday, lawmakers passed legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, with the final vote scheduled for Tuesday.
The bill, which would also increase the federal unemployment compensation program, is expected to be signed into law by President Donald Trump.
In a statement, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he supports the $15 federal minimum, but also called for “comprehensive legislation to ensure that all workers have a fair shot at living wages.”
The legislation would not require employers to offer paid sick leave, which is already mandated by law.
“Our goal is not to eliminate paid sick days for all workers, but to make sure all workers in the economy have access to the minimum amount of time they need to take care of their families,” Schumer said.
“We will not allow businesses to deny workers the benefits of paid sick time or deny them the opportunity to participate in job training programs that offer paid time off to those who need it most.”
The minimum wage has been on the rise for decades, and lawmakers have been trying to make it permanent since 2012, when President Barack Obama signed legislation that increased the federal income threshold to $10.10 an hour.
A new study released Wednesday by the Congressional Budget Office said that if the minimum was raised to $11 an hour today, it would increase the unemployment rate by nearly 2 million workers, while causing an estimated $4.7 trillion in additional economic damage.
But Schumer has not been shy about calling for a $12 minimum wage, a number he says is too low, saying that “inflation is already rising too quickly, and the cost of living is too high.”