Democratic plank committee adopts support for $15 minimum wage in concession to Sanders
The platform committee for the Democrats took a big step toward one of the demands of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, adding language calling for support of a $15 minimum wage, reports The Hill.
Along with changes to the delegate system, the call for a higher minimum wage has been a major component of the Sanders campaign seeking to reduce income inequality.
The committee, which will continue drafting the platform on Saturday, also made concessions to Sanders on calling for the end of the death penalty and expanding Social Security.
“Right now, to be very frank with you, we are talking to the Clinton campaign to try to determine whether or not they can come up with some very serious proposals which will help us transform America,” Sanders said at a rally in Albany on Friday. “Whether it will happen or not — that’s a good question. I don’t know. We are working with them right now.”
Clinton had proposed raising the federal minimum wage to $12 but has spoken approvingly of $15 in recent speeches.
The party’s full platform committee will consider the draft at next month’s convention.