On Wednesday, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said that he thinks that the federally mandated $7.25 minimum wage is sufficient for waged workers, implying that the Trump administration will not likely approve of any proposals to raise the pay floor, Bloomberg reports.
“We do not support a change in the federal minimum wage at this time,” he said Wednesday.
House Democrats, on the other hand, are still trying to rally support behind a bill increasing the nationwide pay floor from $7.25 to $15. The lawmakers propose building minimum wage through a series of steps that accommodate for local living costs, but GOP lawmakers have largely criticized a $15 minimum wage as a “job killer.”
The federal minimum wage level has not been increased in over a decade, enacting a series of steps in 2007 that ended in 2009.
Acosta made his comments during an Education and Labor Committee hearing, in which members of the House interrogated him on his department’s budget for 2020 as well as their controversial policy efforts. Some Democrat lawmakers criticized the department’s 10 percent budget cut from funding levels currently. Most notably, the Job Corps training program would be stripped of $700 million, roughly 40 percent of its current budget.
Instead, the House Appropriations Committee presented a $13.3 billion budget proposal that would invest heavily in the Job Corps.