Jonathan Schleifer, the executive director of The Fairness Project, released the following statement today after Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced the Raise the Wage Act to raise the national minimum wage.

“Passing this legislation would be an instant game changer for millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet. Minimum wage increases overwhelmingly supported by voters in six states have already put an extra billion dollars in the pockets of workers this year. Meanwhile, local businesses have continued to thrive. This is the kind of economic acceleration that voters enthusiastically backed and Washington has repeatedly promised. It’s time to finally deliver.”