Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., the new chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee, said Wednesday that he would introduce legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, more than double its current rate of $7.25. The legislation would also index the new rate to inflation and gradually phase out the exception for tipped workers.

“There is no place in America where someone working full time & making the $7.25 federal minimum wage can make ends meet,” Scott said in a tweet Wednesday. “Today, House & Senate Democrats are introducing the #RaiseTheWage Act to give roughly 40 million workers a raise.”

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