Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today ahead of the seventh anniversary of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, which was signed into law on May 25, 2007:
“On Sunday, we mark the seventh anniversary of the signing of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, which I was proud to cosponsor and worked to pass in the days after Democrats took control of Congress. That legislation raised the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour, helping millions of workers earn a living that enabled them to access opportunities that open doors to the middle class. However, as we recognize that milestone, we must acknowledge that $7.25 an hour is no longer sufficient for America’s lowest-paid workers to make ends meet. The cost of living has risen, and those trying to survive on the current federal minimum wage, even if they work full time, are finding it ever more difficult to avoid poverty and reach the middle class.
“That’s why I, along with a majority of Americans, support raising the minimum wage. Democrats have been working hard to bring to the House Floor the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2014, which will answer today’s higher cost of living by bringing the federal minimum wage up to $10.10 an hour. Doing so would increase wages for nearly 25 million workers and lift nearly one million Americans out of poverty, and it could generate $22 billion in new economic activity. Just as Democrats and Republicans came together seven years ago to raise the minimum wage with a strong, bipartisan vote of 315-116 in the House and 94-3 in the Senate, I hope that we can join together again this year to take the next step toward ensuring that everyone in our country who works hard can afford to pursue the American Dream.”