Congressional Democrats' "A Better Deal" Platform Seeks to Raise Minimum Wage, Push Paid Leave, Incentivize Worker Training

July 28, 2017

This week, congressional Democrats unveiled "A Better Deal," promising to "increase people's pay" and "provide workers with the tools they need for the 21st-century economy."  Among the specifics of the plan, as outlined in an op-ed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), is a proposal that would give employers, "particularly small businesses, a large tax credit to train workers for unfilled jobs."  This is listed in addition to items Sen. Schumer frames as already having been Democratic priorities, namely a national $15 minimum wage and federal paid leave mandates.  Other objectives include lowering pharmaceutical costs and passing antitrust legislation that would allow "regulators to break up big companies" and make it more difficult for companies to merge.  According to Sen. Schumer, further objectives will be revealed in the months to come.  Once complete, "A Better Deal" could help set the policy agenda if a Democrat were to win the 2020 presidential election.