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Clinton, Durbin et al: Dems push for minimum wage hike today. House members give themselves raise. Say what?

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Dems want to force a vote on hiking the $5.15-an-hour federal minimum wage, which is meeting resistance from the GOP leadership. This may be an election year splinter issue for Republicans--some may revolt and move to get the issue to the House floor.

While they weigh raising the wages of low-paid people (21 states already have higher minimums) last week, House members got a two percent cost of living raise--up $3,300 to a base $168,500.

KENNEDY, DURBIN, CLINTON HOYER, OBEY, MILLER TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE STRONG MOMENTUM DESPITE REPUBLICAN EFFORTS TO BLOCK

Washington, D.C. – TODAY, Senators Kennedy, Durbin, and Clinton along with Representatives Hoyer, Obey, and Miller will hold a press conference calling on members of Congress to support Senator Kennedy’s amendment in the Senate and Representative Hoyer’s legislation in the House to give workers the much needed pay increase they deserve. Momentum is building across the country as 21 states have higher rates than the federal minimum and over 100,000 Citizen Co-Sponsors have joined together in support of Kennedy’s Fair Minimum Wage Act. Today, the members will continue the fight in the war on poverty by urging members to pass this much needed raise.

WHO: SENATOR KENNEDY
SENATOR DURBIN
SENATOR CLINTON
REP. HOYER
REP. OBEY
REP. MILLER


WHAT: PRESS CONFERENCE ON INCREASING MINIMUM WAGE

WHERE: SENATE RADIO/TV GALLERY

WHEN: 3:30
TUESDAY, JUNE 20
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release....

REP. JACKSON CONTINUES FIGHT FOR A FAIR MINIMUM WAGE
Republicans Block Minimum Wage Vote, Wage at Lowest Point in 50 Years

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., is fighting this week to increase the minimum wage, which is at its lowest point in 50 years when adjusted for inflation. The minimum wage has not been increased since 1997, and the Republican-controlled Congress has blocked all efforts to increase it.

"While the wealthiest few Americans are prospering under the Bush economy, millions of working Americans who earn the minimum wage are struggling to afford the basic necessities for their families," Rep. Jackson said. "Raising the minimum wage is an issue of fairness, and this is one of Democrats' top priorities."

Last week, Democrats successfully attached in Committee an amendment to raise the minimum wage to the FY07 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill. The amendment is based on a Democratic bill that would gradually increase the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 over two years. The minimum wage amendment passed in Committee with bipartisan support, but Republican leaders have stopped the Labor-Health bill from coming to the Floor this week as previously scheduled because they fear an attempt to strip the minimum wage increase from the bill would fail.

"Congress has not raised the minimum wage since 1997, and an increase is beyond overdue," Rep. Jackson added. "A minimum wage earner who works full-time all year earns just $10,700, leaving them well below the poverty line. This is simply not acceptable in America. More than 80 percent of the American people support an increase in the minimum wage, and Democrats will continue pushing for action on this issue until Republicans allow a fair vote."

In the United States, 7.3 million people would benefit from a raise in the minimum wage, including 1.8 million parents with children. Nearly three-quarters of minimum wage workers are adults over the age of 20, and many are responsible for over half of their family's income.

Rep. Jackson has signed a "discharge petition," which would force a Floor vote on the Democrats' minimum wage bill if supporters secure 218 Member signatures. There are currently 189 signatures on the petition.


6 Comments

I sincerely hope that the Miller - Kennedy bill to raise the minumum wage will get passed.

It is very much needed.

+Bishop James Wilkowski
Evangelical Catholic Bishop for the Diocese of the Northwest

Chicago, Illinois

This is looooooooooong overdue........DO YOUR job and pass it already.....!!

Minimum wage is for kids in high school working their way up the skil latter, look at the political Bishop again siding with the Party of abortion. And siding with the Master of Abortion Rev. Jackson's son. How can a Reverend and a Bishop both be pro abortion? Dont tackle the tough issues , jump on this stupid meaningless one. Any adult that works full time for minimum wage has serious issues, with either mental ability or work ethic. Minimum wage triggers inflation when it goes up.

I cannot believe how immoral these Democratic leaders are behaving! They're apparently trying to increase more unemployement among the poor and minorities -- how heartless!

For so many people, these jobs are the first rung on the economic ladder, their first chance to show they can be trusted, and to learn what work requires. And here they are, trying to yank away that ladder, leaving them stranded below with no way out -- dependent daily on handouts from Kennedy's party.

Are they so lazy they've never bothered to learn the economic effects of their policies? That decades of evidence, a mountain of studies, show the policies Democrats promote -- like a high minimum wage -- create poverty and despair? Or do they know anyway, but are simply willing to further hurt the poor in order to look morally righteous? One thing is certain: guys like Jessie Jackson and Ted Kennedy have become multi-millionaires promoting these harmful, exploitive "solutions" at the expense of the poor and vulnerable.

Wow. The ignorance here is incredible.

Past minimum wage increases haven't caused a jump in inflation- nor have they resulted in any decrese in the availability of jobs.

I suggest some of the posters above do a little more reading and listen to less AM radio.

Perhaps an economics class or two would also help.

I am sick of minimum wage argument, it doesnothing for poor people, all it is a Democratic way to keep us poor people under their thumb, like welfare. Welfare ruined our communities. Hip hop culture ruined our communities!!!Degredation of women and glorification of Drug dealing. JJ needs a class inreality. Minimum wage is for high school and college kids not a way to survive as an adult. JJ needs an education in reality.

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