The federal minimum wage should keep pace with inflation. We can't all just give ourselves raises and inflation happens whether workers are able to keep up or not. If Republicans don't want to pay for a basic social safety net, then we need to pay a living wage that prevents Americans from routinely needing one. Once again: we cannot all just GIVE ourselves raises like lawmakers can. If it's been too long since lawmakers have had to earn a real living maybe they should have to try living on less than $13/hr.