Hoyer Statement on Democratic Effort to Compel Vote to Raise the Minimum Wage

For Immediate Release:

February 26, 2014

Contact:

Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after signing a discharge petition that would force a vote on H.R. 1010, the Fair Minimum Wage Act, to raise the minimum wage to $10.10:

“In signing the discharge petition introduced by Rep. Tim Bishop to bring the Fair Minimum Wage Act to the Floor, I join with my colleagues in calling for a vote to raise the minimum wage without delay.  The strong majority of Americans who support a wage increase for the lowest-paid workers in our country do so because they understand that a worker can no longer support a family or pursue the American Dream on just $7.25 an hour.  The same is true for the more than 600 economists who have endorsed raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, which will increase workers’ purchasing power, strengthen our economy, and lift entire families out of poverty.  I hope Republicans will join with Democrats in signing this discharge petition so we can bring the Fair Minimum Wage Act to the Floor for a vote right away.”  

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