Minimum wage fight will reveal Left’s true power in narrowly Democratic-run Washington

For the strongest liberals both inside and outside the halls of Congress, the proposed $15 an hour federal minimum wage is not just a technical issue to be settled by the Senate parliamentarian, but an important test of the Left’s power in a capital that is narrowly, but uniformly, under Democratic control.

The minimum wage increase is popular. A Reuters/Ipsos poll found that respondents favored the $15 wage 59% to 34%, with support only falling to 55% when the projected job losses were mentioned. A Harris poll showed 83% believed the current federal minimum of $7.25 an hour is too low. A Pew Research Center survey last year found two-thirds of Americans backed the $15 number.

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