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WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today marking five years since the federal minimum wage was last raised:
“Five years ago today, the federal minimum wage increased to $7.25 an hour, and it has not changed since. Congress must take action and pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act to provide a boost to America’s lowest-paid workers, many of whom are struggling to make ends meet and support their families, even while working full time.
“In America, a job has always brought the promise of opportunity and a chance to move up into the middle class. For those who are paid the minimum wage, that promise is becoming more and more remote as the wage has failed to keep up with the increase in the cost of living. Congress can remedy this right away by passing legislation that will raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Not only will this provide a raise for the lowest-paid workers in our economy, it is also expected to lead to an increase in wages for workers at other income levels as well. I am disappointed that House Republicans have so far blocked the Fair Minimum Wage Act from coming to the Floor for a vote, and Democrats will continue to push for its swift consideration and passage.”