Democrat Rashida Tlaib Is Now Pushing a Federal Minimum Wage of $20 an Hour

Next round of Dem primary debates are next week — comments like these from extremists are sure to come up

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) is one of the four so-called squad members (the Democrats are shown above; she’s at far right).

And now — aside from demanding that President Donald Trump be impeached — Tlaib is calling for a federal minimum wage of $20 per hour.

She made this comment at an event in Detroit, Michigan, on Sunday night, as Fox News and other outlets reported.

Her call has “prompt[ed] mockery from conservatives, and [it’s now] threatening to force mainline Democrats in the 2020 presidential race to address the issue in upcoming debates.”

The next round of Democratic primary debates will take place next week, over two nights, July 30 and July 31. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are among the current front-runners.

Tlaib made her controversial remarks to the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Michigan and the labor rights group One Fair Wage.

The conservative political action committee America Rising recorded the remarks, Fox noted.

Last week the Democrat-controlled House passed a $15 federal minimum wage bill — yet it has little chance of passage by the Senate, which Republicans control.

Related: Tlaib: Not Going Anywhere ‘Until I Impeach This President’

Tlaib, referring to the federal minimum wage for workers, said that “tipped employees make $2.13 per hour, federally.”

“Think about that for one minute. People cannot live on those kind of wages, and I can’t allow people to be living off tips, you know, relying on tips for wages. It’s just not enough to support our families.”

“By the way,” she also said, “when we started it, it should have been $15.”

“Now I think it should be $20 — make sure America Rising hears that.”

“It should be $20 an hour — $18 to $20 an hour at this point … They say all of this is going to raise the cost, but I can tell you, milk has gone up, eggs have gone up, everything has gone up. The cost of a lot of things that we need has gone up already.”

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