A group of House unveiled a bill Thursday that would raise the federal according to local costs of living around the country. The bill competes directly with another, more progressive Democratic plan that’s been gaining momentum for a nationwide $15 wage floor.

The new bill, introduced by Rep. Terri Sewell of Alabama, would set new minimum wages based on census areas, with pricey urban areas having higher wage floors than more rural ones. There would be five different wage tiers on the scale, with the minimum for each tier recalculated every three years based on average wage growth.

The sponsors have dubbed the bill the , playing up the gradual nature of the plan. Although all areas of the country

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