The acting secretary of labor wants Congress to raise the federal minimum wage.

Higher wages will cycle back into the economy, acting Secretary Seth Harris said on Tuesday, and pay levels that keep pace with inflation will take the politics out of the debate.

“When working families have more money in their pockets, they pump it right back into the local economies,” he said. “The business owners I’ve met supported the higher minimum wage because they know it means more people have more to spend on goods and services, and that of course helps their businesses grow.”