The Democratic-led passed a bill Thursday that would raise the federal to $15 by 2025, delivering a major, though mostly symbolic, victory to the movement.
The bill was approved 231-199, mostly along party lines, with six and three crossing the aisle.
The bill faces all but certain death in the Republican-controlled ; even if it survived there, it would require the approval of to become law. Nonetheless, the House vote marked the first sign of progress in years on hiking the federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 per hour and hasn’t budged since 2009.
House Speaker (D-Calif.) called the proposal a “well-earned raise” for workers toiling on the bottom rungs of the economy.
“House Democrats are