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Pelosi: Only Congress Can Finish the Job on the Minimum Wage

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after President Obama signed an Executive Order raising the minimum wage to $10.10 for federal contract workers and called on Congress to enact the Fair Minimum Wage Act, sponsored by Congressman George Miller and Senator Tom Harkin, to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for all minimum wage workers:

“Today, President Obama made good on his pledge to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers.  But, as the President has repeatedly said, this action alone is not enough.  Only Congress can finish the job for our economy and for our middle class by increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for America’s workers nationwide.

“Raising the minimum wage will result in a pay raise for nearly 30 million Americans, lifting hard-working Americans out of poverty and putting more money in the pockets of millions of consumers.  It will strengthen the economic security of working families and close the opportunity gap for those struggling most to make ends meet.  It is a critical component of our effort to build an economy that works for everyone.

“Democrats are simply asking the Republican leadership to bring the Harkin-Miller bill to the floor for a vote.  We are confident it would pass with bipartisan support, giving a raise to American workers, energizing our economy, creating jobs, and restoring fairness for all.”