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Pelosi Statement on the 75th Anniversary of America’s First Minimum Wage Law

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement to mark the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the country’s first minimum wage law that went into effect on June 25th, 1938:

“In 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt and the U.S. Congress enshrined a fundamental principle into the laws of our country: a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.  Seventy-five years ago today, that basic notion took shape in the form of the Fair Labor Standards Act, a measure born out of the Great Depression, designed to set the economic security of American workers on solid ground by guaranteeing overtime pay, prohibiting child labor, and – for the first time – establishing a national minimum wage.

“Today, as we mark the 75th anniversary of this historic achievement, Congress must once again heed the call to act on behalf of our working families.  For too long, our country’s minimum wage has failed to provide a minimum foundation of security to hard-working Americans, forcing too many to choose between housing, food, health care, and other necessities.  That’s why we must pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act, sponsored by Congressman George Miller, to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and to ensure it keeps pace with the cost of living in the future.

“As a nation, we rely on the industry, dedication, and productivity of our workers to strengthen our economy.  It is time Republicans join Democrats in honoring the dignity of their work and providing all Americans with a living wage.”