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July 18, 2019
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Representative Conor Lamb (PA-17) voted this week to pass the Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 582) and the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019 (H.R. 748). 

"We need to do more to help the men and women across the country who are working hard but still struggling to make ends meet due to low wages and high healthcare costs,” said Lamb.  “The passage of these two bills are critical steps to help stabilize and grow our middle class."

The Raise the Wage Act would increase wages for tens of thousands of workers in Pennsylvania’s 17th District and almost two million people across the state.  This legislation gradually raises the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025.  Additionally, the bill requires the Government Accountability Office to study the impact of the wage increases to ensure there are not negative effects on the economy.  The legislation also ensures that all workers earn at least the federal minimum wage by phasing out the subminimum wage for tipped workers, youth workers, and Americans with disabilities.  The last minimum wage increase was enacted by Congress in 2007 and began to take effect in 2009.  The bill passed the House by a vote of 233-199.

The Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019, also known as the “Cadillac Tax,” permanently repeals the 40% tax on high-cost health insurance plans.  The Cadillac Tax would increase the health care cost burden for working Americans, especially those with pre-existing conditions or complex medical needs.  In Pennsylvania, nearly 60% of workers depend on employer-provided health care coverage and if imposed, thousands of workers across the state would either lose some of their healthcare benefits or bear more of the cost personally.  The bill passed the House by a vote of 419-6.