Rep. Rashida Tlaib calls for a $20 minimum wage. Who’s gonna tell Bernie?

Rep. Rashida Tlaib doesn’t think the $15 minimum wage Democrats are advocating is good enough.

The Michigan lawmaker is now calling for a $20 an hour minimum wage, disregarding the devastating impact it would have on small businesses and effectively volleying the topic into next week’s Democratic primary debates.

(Video: YouTube/America Rising)

Tlaib declared that the $15 minimum wage is just a starting point as she told an audience Sunday at the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Michigan and the labor rights group One Fair Wage that workers should fight for $18 to $20 an hour.

“Tipped employees make $2.13 per hour, federally,” she said, referring to restaurant workers at the Detroit event which was recorded by America Rising, the conservative political action committee.

“Think about that for one minute. People cannot live on those kind of wages, and I can’t allow people to be living off tips, you know, relying on tips for wages. It’s just not enough to support our families,” she said at the event for One Fair Wage,  a campaign to “pass legislation in cities and states that will require the restaurant industry to pay all its employees at least the full minimum wage.”

“By the way, when we started it, it should have been $15. Now I think it should be $20 — make sure America Rising hears that. It should be $20 an hour, $18 to $20 an hour at this point,” she added. “They say all of this is going to raise the cost, but I can tell you, milk has gone up, eggs has gone up, everything has gone up. The cost of a lot of things that we need has gone up already.”

Tlaib decided to show her solidarity by waitressing – for an entire hour – all while being paid as a congresswoman on the taxpayers’ dime.

The far-left Democrat’s proposal comes ahead of next week’s primary debates, setting the stage for 2020 Democratic candidates to have to address the radical idea. Her comments also come on the heels of last week’s  231-199 party-line vote as the House passed legislation more than doubling the current rate of $7.25 to $15 an hour.

Just last week, 2020 contender Sen. Bernie Sanders – who has long championed the $15 minimum wage –  had to cut his own staff’s hours to ensure they were making the equivalent of that hourly wage.

Tlaib, one of the progressive freshman “squad” of congresswomen embroiled in a war of words with President Trump recently, was criticized for her remarks Sunday which pushed her farther to the left of other prominent Democrats.

With the Congressional Budget Office concluding a study which indicated a $15 federal minimum wage could leave up to 3.7 million people unemployed, the president of the Job Creators Network added that Tlaib’s radical proposal is not sustainable.

“America can’t afford a $15 minimum wage, never mind $20,” Alfredo Ortiz, president of the Job Creators Network, Alfredo Ortiz told the Washington Free Beacon.

“It’s a shame Rep. Tlaib didn’t hear that Bernie Sanders is cutting his staff’s hours to meet their demands for a $15 minimum wage,” Ortiz said. “If she won’t listen to job creators about the unintended consequences of a higher minimum wage, maybe she’ll listen to a socialist politician.”

Conservative commentators mocked the freshman Democrat for her idea.

“Why not $20?” Town Hall Editor and Fox News contributor Guy Benson tweeted. “Or $50? Go, Rashida, Go!”

Others quickly joined the pile-up.


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