gillibrandFrom the Morning Memo:

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Monday sent an email to supporters pushing a $15 minimum wage on the federal level — a stance that puts her closer to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders than the woman who last occupied her seat in the Senate, Hillary Clinton.

In the email, Gillibrand writes that she’s “had it” with the lack of a wage increase in Washington, pointing to low wages impacting not teenagers, but women and older workers.

“Americans are working full time only to have hallmarks of success – home ownership, sending their children to college, the dignity of retirement – exist on a distant horizon. No matter how hard they work, they can’t get any closer,” Gillibrand wrote in the email. “And women represent nearly two-thirds of minimum-wage workers.”

Gillibrand urges supporters to include their email addresses — a method of gathering targeted supporters for core issues — to a petition backing the $15 wage.

Sanders, a self-identified socialist running in the Democratic presidential primary, has vocally pushed for a $15 minimum wage, part of his broader campaign pledge to fight income inequality if elected.

Another Democratic presidential hopeful, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, also backs $15.

Clinton, a former New York senator from 2001 through 2009, said last month she was supportive of a $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers, acknowledging a national campaign to raise wages for workers in that industry.

Clinton’s support came as New York moves to raise the fast-food workers’ wages administratively through the Department of Labor at the behest of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, an ally of both Hillary and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Still, Clinton doesn’t necessarily back a broader $15 minimum wage. In July, Clinton spoke favorably of a $12 minimum wage.

Both proposals are still higher than the initial push made by President Obama in 2014 for a $10.10 minimum wage.

Gillibrand is a staunch supporter of Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary, but has spoken warmly of Sanders.

“She is my candidate, she is the best candidate,” Gillibrand told NY1 earlier this month. “But I think Bernie just adds more to the primary and I think people like primaries.”