Democrats Poised to Start National Minimum Wage Debate by Bloomberg BNA published on 2019-01-13T23:56:36Z Democrats will likely introduce legislation to raise the federal minimum wage higher than $7.25 this week. Putting the bill on the floor just about a week after taking control of the House indicates the measure is a 2019-2020 priority for the party. Michal Saltsman, a political consultant and former Labor Department economist, joins Punching In this week to discuss the background to the legislation. Saltsman also talks about how Democrats might fare in terms of passing the bill over Republicans’ and business groups’ various arguments against a $15 per hour rate. Host: Hassan Kanu. Producer: Nicholas Anzalotta-Kynoch.