Some members of Congress are planning on “stepping into the shoes of a minimum wage worker and live for one week on just $77.”
Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Rep. Tim Ryan made the announcement Tuesday.
It’s part of the Live the Wage challenge, making the fifth anniversary of Congress’ last national increase of minimum wage.
Starting then until July 30, the three politicians will chronicle their experiences on social media to she light on the challenges facing minimum wage workers in the United States.
Representative Ryan, a democrat, said increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 would provide more Americans the chance at joining the middle class.
Strickland echoed the congressman’s sentiments, saying that full-time workers should not have to “live in poverty or have to choose between food and electricity every month.”
The federal minimum wage in the United States is currently set at $7.25 an hour — and has not been increased by Congress in since 2009. The federal minimum wage for tipped workers has remained at $2.13 an hour since 1991.