Sanders is a strong proponent of raising the federal minimum wage, and argues that doing so would be stimulative to the economy.
“The simple truth is that in America, people working full-time should not be living in poverty. Since 1968, the real value of the federal minimum wage has fallen by close to 30%, and people all over this country, and in state after state, on their own, have voted to raise the minimum wage. And by the way, in state after state where the minimum wage has gone up, more jobs have been created. Let us stand today with the tens of millions of workers who are struggling to put food on the table, to take care of their families...”
26 March, 2015: Sanders speaking in the U.S. Senate
Sanders has spoken passionately in support of raising the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 per hour to $15. He has, in fact, introduced a bill in the Senate which would do just that.
“To my mind, the federal minimum wage of seven and a quarter an hour is a starvation wage which must be raised. The minimum wage must become a living wage, which means fifteen bucks an hour over the next few years. Now I don't think it is a terribly radical idea to say that in America, if somebody works 40 hours a week, that that person should not be living in poverty.
1 July, 2015: Bernie Sanders speaking at a rally in Madison, Wisconsin