Cotton and Romney propose federal minimum wage hike to $10 over five years

Sens. Mitt Romney and Tom Cotton say it’s time to raise the federal minimum wage after more than a decade of congressional inaction.

The Republican senators’ proposal would raise the minimum wage to $10 while imposing e-verify requirements ensuring the increase will only go to legal workers.

Cotton said the wage hike will end the “black market for illegal labor” and “open up jobs for Americans” in a Tuesday press statement.

“American workers today compete against millions of illegal immigrants for too few jobs with wages that are too low. That’s unfair,” he said.

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