The Congressional Progressive Caucus is fighting back against an attempt by centrist Democrats to undercut the push for a $15 federal minimum wage with legislation that would allow lower hourly pay in \u0022rural areas.\u0022\u0022We want to pass a full $15 minimum wage bill,\u0022 Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) told\u0026nbsp;Politico in an interview. \u0022We\u0026#039;re very clear about that. Being in Congress means leading, and we need to lead on minimum wage.\u0022\u0022Low-income areas would be locked in to lower wages. We don\u0026#039;t have differentiated payments for Social Security.\u0022 —Rep. Bobby ScottPolitico first reported Thursday that leaders of the Progressive Caucus are \u0022lobbying fellow Democrats to help extinguish\u0022 the moderate faction\u0026#039;s proposal, which is expected to be introduced on Thursday.The moderates\u0026#039; legislation—led by Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.)—would establish a \u0022regional wage\u0022 adjusted to local cost of living, as opposed to the $15 federal minimum proposed by the Raise the Wage Act.But Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), the lead author of the Raise the Wage Act, said a regional wage would harm low-income families.\u0022Low-income areas would be locked in to lower wages,\u0022 Scott told Politico. \u0022We don\u0026#039;t have differentiated payments for Social Security.\u0022An anonymous progressive aide echoed Scott, telling Politico that the \u0022regional minimum wage proposal is a clear attempt to water down the Raise the Wage Act.\u0022\u0022Poverty wages shouldn\u0026#039;t be acceptable anywhere in America,\u0022 the aide said.Progressive activists have also expressed opposition to regional wage plans.In a letter to the Washington Post published late Wednesday, Rev. William Barber of the Poor People\u0026#039;s Campaign and Mary Kay Henry of the Service Employees International Union said a regional wage \u0022would exacerbate existing racial and geographic disparities that have kept millions of workers behind for decades.\u0022\u0022Half of black workers across the country live in states where the minimum wage has stayed at or below $7.25 an hour, most concentrated in the South,\u0022 Barber and Henry wrote. \u0022And, ironically, while a regional wage would harm black workers, especially black women, the worst, it would end up hurting workers of all colors by keeping a decent wage floor perpetually out of reach.\u0022On Thursday, the Fight for $15 movement held a nationwide \u0022Raise the Wage Call-In Day,\u0022 urging Americans to pressure their representatives to back a $15 minimum wage.#RaiseTheWage Call In Day40 million U.S. workers are looking to Congress to do the right thing and support the $15 minimum wage. Tell your Representative to listen to us and support the #RaiseTheWage Act TODAY: 866-426-2631 pic.twitter.com/Pjt2WM9JLU— Fight For 15 (@fightfor15) April 4, 2019The inter-party dispute between centrists and progressives over the Raise the Wage Act comes after a recent survey sponsored by the National Employment Law Project found that 65 percent of voters in Democratic-led swing districts support raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.The fight between the Progressive Caucus and moderate Democrats over the $15 minimum wage is part of a broader struggle between the two factions over the direction of the party.On Thursday, Jayapal publicly criticized centrist DCCC chair Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) for her public attacks on the party\u0026#039;s progressive wing, which is pushing for bold policies like a federal $15 minimum wage and Medicare for All.\u0022We will continue to push for our voice to be recognized,\u0022 Jayapal tweeted.