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PROVIDENCE - With legislation to increase the federal minimum wage pending in Congress, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline hosted a roundtable discussion to hear from working Rhode Islanders, the business community, advocates, and economists on the need to raise the minimum wage.Â The lawmakers held the event at the Community Action Partnership of Providence recently.
Whitehouse is a cosponsor of theÂ Fair Minimum Wage Act, which is expected to get a vote in the Senate in coming weeks. Both Langevin and Cicilline are consponsors of the companion bill in the House.Â The legislation would gradually increase the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, and then index it to inflation.
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