Updated: Tuesday, May 5 2015, 11:32 AM EDT Rochester, NY – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter co-sponsored legislation to raise the minimum wage. The bill, introduced in the House and Senate, would raise the federal minimum wage to $12.00 an hour by 2020. “I’m proud to stand with the hardworking Americans in Rochester, throughout Monroe County, and across the country to advocate for a bigger paycheck,” Rep. Slaughter said. “We’ve said it before: no one who works full time should have to live in poverty. The Raise the Wage Act would allow those who work hard earn enough to get them above the poverty line. This is a step in the right direction, but there’s more to be done.” Under the Raise the Wage Act, the federal minimum wage would start to rise almost immediately. Beginning January 2016 or three months after the date of enactment of the Raise the Wage Act, the federal minimum wage would increase by $0.75 to $8.00 per hour, followed by $1.00 per hour increases every year until it reaches $12.00. Starting in 2021, the federal minimum wage would keep pace with rising wages overall through automatic annual increases to keep the ratio of the minimum wage constant with the median wage.