Hillary Clinton Hints At Support For $12 Minimum Wage

| by Alexander Rubinstein

After meeting with national labor leaders, Hillary Clinton spoke on July 30 in New Hampshire about legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour.

In response to reporters, Clinton spoke of Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington who has proposed legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour nationwide.

“Pat Murray is one of the most effective legislators in the Senate, bar none,” Clinton said. “Whatever she advocates, I pay a lot of attention to.”

Clinton did not offer an exact number she would like to raise the minimum wage to.

During the Fight for 15 movement in which fast food workers walked out of their jobs to rally for a $15 an hour minimum wage in April, an aide to Clinton said, “she’s for an increase in the minimum wage, and she wants to have a conversation about the right target and timeline.” At the time, Murray had already made the proposal for $12 an hour, reported The New York Times.

Clinton pointed out that Murray’s proposal is more realistic than that of two of her primary opponents, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who support a $15 an hour minimum wage.

“Let’s not just do it for the sake of having a higher number out there,” she said. “But let’s get behind a proposal that actually has a chance of succeeding.”

Clinton’s comments to reporters came after she met with the executive council of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.

AFL-CIO is a national trade union center and the largest union group in the U.S., made up of 56 national and international unions and representing more than 12 million workers. It is the umbrella organization of the labor movement, noted The New York Times.

Other candidates who have visited New Hampshire also met with the council. Clinton met with it for an hour, delivered some opening remarks, took questions for members and asked for its support.

“I asked them to be my partner in making sure we stand against those powerful forces on the other side that don’t agree with the agenda that I just outlined,” Clinton said after the meeting.

Though people in the room said Clinton received repeated applause, her husband, former President Bill Clinton, has a reputation in the labor movement for being pro-business and creating trade policies that hurt American workers.

Sources: The New York Times (2) / Photo credit: Screenshot via The Huffington Post