Democratic leaders are calling for Senate restaurant workers to get paid $15 an hour, after media outlets reported that one food-service employee is homeless.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is next in line to become Senate Democratic leader, said he and his colleagues have spoken to Senate Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) about raising wages for Senate food workers.
Schumer said Tuesday he supports paying workers $15 an hour.
“We do support a living wage for all of the restaurant workers. We’ve made that clear to the chairman of the Rules Committee, and we hope to work something out to get that done,” he told reporters.
Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) and several colleagues wrote a letter Monday to the Rules Committee calling on private contractors working with the Senate to pay employees a livable wage.