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The $15 federal minimum wage is back in the House Covid aid package. Here’s what you need to know

The push for a $15 federal minimum wage continues.

Just days after the Senate voted on a nonbinding amendment to prohibit raising the minimum wage during the pandemic, the House of Representatives has included the provision in its most recent version of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus pandemic relief package.

On Monday, the House Education and Labor Committee released a first draft of its contribution to Biden's American Rescue Plan, which Democrats intend to pass through a sped-up process called budget reconciliation. The Committee's proposal includes funding for safely reopening schools, expands affordable health care and gradually increases the minimum wage, giving a raise to millions of workers.

"In the midst of a deadly pandemic, millions of American workers are risking their lives for poverty wages that haven't been raised in over a decade," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in a Monday statement. "It's long past time for Congress to right this wrong and enact a minimum wage that allows families to live with dignity."

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