President Donald Trump has signaled he’s happy with the $15 minimum wage deal reached by Congress and is hopeful that Congress will approve it soon, according to a White House official.
The official was not authorized to discuss the president’s plans publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The $15 rate is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, but the official said the deal will help many Americans get by.
“We’re very pleased with the agreement we reached with Congress,” the official told reporters Tuesday.
“It’s a very good deal for working Americans.”
The official noted that the agreement does not include a minimum wage increase.
“The president is happy with it,” the White House statement said.
The White House has long said the minimum wage will eventually be raised to $15 an hour, as is standard across the country.
Trump has long sought a $15 hourly wage and has been pushing to increase it to $20 an hour.
The president and Senate Democrats have sought to block the president from raising the minimum wages to $10 an hour and to keep it at $15 for all workers.
The Democratic-controlled Senate passed the $1.7 trillion spending bill on Monday and is expected to pass it soon.
Trump’s plan has divided Democrats and labor unions, with Democrats saying it is too low and labor groups arguing it’s too high.
Trump is not expected to sign the bill before Thanksgiving, as he has done in past attempts.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that the president has made a commitment to the minimum-wage increase and that he will sign it “soon.”
But the Senate bill, which passed last month, does not increase the federal hourly minimum wage to $13 an hour from the $10.10 rate currently in place.
It also does not extend the federal unemployment insurance benefits, which have been extended until the end of 2019.
The House bill would provide $4 billion to help states and cities implement the minimum hourly wage increase and $2.2 billion to assist employers.
It would also provide $2 billion for workers at the nation’s ports of entry and $1 billion for the construction of the U.S. Coast Guard’s $300 million new cutter to help expand the U