Congressional minority leaders Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) and Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) announced a new agenda in Berryville, Va., Monday, dubbed “A Better Deal”, which aims to help Democrats win back working class voters lost during the previous election.
The plan contains three main components: increasing pay, reducing everyday costs, and creating jobs.
The idea of raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour has been around for a long time, and some states have even begun to move towards the idea through their state legislatures. Democrats are hoping to implant a national minimum wage much higher than the current $7.25 per hour, a plan that will likely meet resistance from congressional Republicans.
Along with raising the minimum wage, Democrats plan to reduce day-to-day living expenses, specifically by lowering prescription drug prices. As of now there are no other details regarding a Democratic plan for health insurance reform, however leaders are promising more details in the next legislative session.
One of the final main components of the new agenda includes creating more jobs. Democrats are hoping to do this by providing workers with the tools they will need to advance in their current job, or get a better paying job.
The plan is for business owners to provide workers with training that will allow them to have a wider skill set while avoiding college debt. Businesses that provide such training would then be eligible for tax credits.
Democrats are currently in the minority in both the U.S. House and Senate, and need to pick up 24 seats in the 2018 midterm elections to regain a majority in Congress’ lower chamber. This new plan aims to win back votes potentially lost to President Trump during the last election by showing the public that the Democratic Party is not solely focused on special interests.
While remaining the minority party in Washington, however, “A Better Deal” is not part of the Democrats’ current legislative agenda, but rather a snapshot of what economic reform could look like if the party was to regain control of Congress.
Read the full text of “A Better Deal” (PDF file).
Editor’s note: This article has been updated.
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