WASHINGTON, DC - Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement after the House passed small business tax relief bill, which Democrats believe will help move a minimum wage increase forward:
"I'd like to congratulate Chairman Rangel and Ranking Member McCrery, as well as the members of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Blue Dog Coalition, on their successful effort to build bipartisan consensus around a small business tax relief package that will hopefully clear the way for the first increase of the minimum wage in more than ten years. Today's vote provides a shining example of the good work Congress is capable of when we come together.
"Progress demands partnership, and the legislation we've passed today is proof positive that the 110th Congress is committed to changing the way business is done in Washington. When Democrats and Republicans reach an impasse, we will not roll over and put the needs of American families on the back burner. Rather, we will roll up our sleeves and engage in the difficult work of forging compromises that move this country forward and extend the reach of the American Dream for all.
"In the November elections, the American people voiced their desire to move in a new direction. And as one of our first orders of business, a bipartisan majority in the House took measures to raise the minimum wage and ensure that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can get ahead in this land of opportunity. Now, with the passage of tax relief that will assist small businesses most affected by a minimum wage increase, we are one step closer to making our goal a reality and signing this crucial piece of legislation into law.
"I'm proud of the way the People's House came together to improve the lives of those we serve. And I'm especially pleased that we were able to pass this small business tax relief package within the confines of the new fiscally responsible pay-as-you-go measures Congress restored last month.
"I'm hopeful that the newfound tone of civility, cooperation and accountability in the United States Congress will continue to guide our actions and the important work that lies ahead."