To nobody’s surprise, the House Education and Labor Committee voted 28-20 along party lines to advance a Democratic bill more than doubling the current federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. The committee’s Democratic majority also voted in lockstep to kill 7 different Republican amendments before sending the bill out to the House floor. The so-called Raise The Wage Act, (H.R.filed by Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) in the House and Senator Bernie Sanders in the Senate, would raise the current $7.25/hour federal minimum to $15 per hour by 2024 and subsequently tie the minimum wage to inflation. The bill would also phase out the “subminimum” wages that can be paid to tipped workers, young workers and workers with disabilities. It is expected to pass the House, but will most likely die without a vote in the republican-controlled Senate.