Sen. Harkin: Raising minimum wage to $10.10 will make economy ‘stronger’ [VIDEO]

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      Nicholas Ballasy

      Nicholas Ballasy is the Senior Video Reporter for The Daily Caller covering Congress and national politics. Ballasy has interviewed a wide range of political leaders and celebrities including former President Bill Clinton, Sen. John McCain, Sen. John Kerry, former Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speakers Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich, Kevin Spacey, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Joan Rivers, Gloria Estefan, Jon Stewart, Dave Matthews, Neil Munro, Stevie Wonder, etc. His work has been featured by CNN, Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC, The Drudge Report, Washington Post and New York Times, among others.

Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin and California Democratic Rep. George Miller have introduced legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

Harkin said the bill would allow workers who rely on tip income to make 70 percent of the full minimum wage per hour.

“Every time we raise the minimum wage, employment goes up. The economy gets stronger,” Harkin said on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

“So that whole myth that somehow if you raise the minimum wage people will be out of work is just absolutely not true.”

The White House recently proposed a $9.00 per hour minimum wage.

Harkin and Miller introduced a bill in July of last year to increase the federal minimum wage to $9.80 per hour.

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