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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.
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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