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Biden Stops At D.C. Restaurant To Make Case For Higher Minimum Wage

The Florida Avenue Grill is located at 11th Street and Florida Avenue NW.
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The Florida Avenue Grill is located at 11th Street and Florida Avenue NW.

Vice President Joe Biden stopped by D.C.'s Florida Avenue Grill this afternoon to make the case for a higher federal minimum wage, according to a White House press pool report:

VP arrives at 12:57 at Florida Avenue Grill in Washington, D.C. to praise the restaurant for paying workers above tipped minimum wage. Florida Avenue Grill recently raised its minimum wage for tipped workers — now paying employees $3.77 plus tips, above the tipped minimum wage amount. The restaurant is owned by Imar Hutchins.

The federal minimum wage is set at $7.25, but President Obama has asked Congress to raise it to $10.10. Advocates for the plan say it would lift millions out of poverty.

D.C.'s minimum wage is currently $8.25, but will increase to $9.50 this year as part of a bill signed into law earlier this year that will see the wage increase to $11.50 by 2016.

Though the bill exempted tipped workers — they make $2.77 an hour, but have to hit at least $7.25 with tips — the D.C. Council also passed a bill that expands a mandatory paid sick leave law to include restaurant workers.

The grill, which has been in business since 1944, is located on the corner of 11th Street and Florida Avenue NW.

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