House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday committed to new legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour after the wage hike provision was stripped from Democrats' massive coronavirus relief bill.

"We will persist with the minimum wage," Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters Thursday during a Capitol news conference.

Pelosi said she's been fighting for the $15 minimum wage increase for years and "quite frankly I think it should be higher." She called the current "substandard" minimum wage of $7.25 "corporate welfare" and said Democrats will find another path forward to raise the wages of the American people.

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The federal minimum wage has not increased in more than a decade, although a growing number of states have voted to adopt their own wage increases. There are 29 states with wages above the federal minimum wage, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. At $14 an hour, California currently has the highest minimum wage in the nation.

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