STATEMENT: Rep. Khanna on Amazon’s announcement to raise its minimum U.S. wage to $15 an hour.
Washington, DC – Rep. Khanna, House sponsor (HR 2814) of the Stop BEZOS Act, a bill that would make large corporations, not the taxpayer, pay for the costs of federal programs that low-wage employees turn to in order to make ends meet, such as nutrition or housing assistance, issued the below statement following the news that Amazon will raise its minimum U.S. wage to $15 an hour.
“I applaud Amazon's decision to start paying all its employees (including temporary and seasonal workers) at least $15 an hour. This is exactly the response Sen. Sanders and I hoped for when we introduced our bill. We called on Jeff Bezos to do this and be the Henry Ford of his generation and raise wages. I am glad Amazon listened. Many in the beltway criticized our bill as impractical. But Amazon’s action shows that our bill can inspire multibillion dollar companies to raise the wages of their workers. Hopefully more companies will follow Amazon’s lead.”
About the CA-17 Office
Congressman Khanna represents the 17th District of California, which covers communities in Silicon Valley. Visit his website at khanna.house.gov. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter @RepRoKhanna.