Fact check: Kamala Harris' claims about US minimum wage


Kamala Harris, the U.S. Senator for California, wrote a tweet on August 5 that has been liked by more than 47,000 users and retweeted by more than 16,000, where she claimed the following:

Kamala Harris on Twitter

The federal minimum wage→ April 1, 1990: $3.80 April 1, 1991: $4.25 October 1, 1996: $4.75 September 1, 1997: $5.15 July 24, 2007: $5.85 July 24, 2008: $6.55 July 24, 2009: $7.25 It’s now 2018. Time to raise the wage.

Claims:

The federal minimum wage, across different years, was:

April 1, 1990: $3.80
April 1, 1991: $4.25
October 1, 1996: $4.75
September 1, 1997: $5.15
July 24, 2007: $5.85
July 24, 2008: $6.55
July 24, 2009: $7.25

Fact check: True. The History of Federal Minimum Wage Rates Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, 1938 – 2009 issued by the United States Department of Labor supports these claims.

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