Cicilline, House Democrats Demand Vote on Minimum Wage Legislation

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Congressman Cicilline Signs Discharge Petition to Force Vote on Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today joined House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Democrats at a press conference calling on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. Earlier in the day, Cicilline signed a discharge petition – a legislative move to bring a bill to the House Floor, even over the objection of the Speaker of the House, so long as a majority of members sign the petition. Enacting an increase in the minimum wage would give at least 25 million Americans a pay raise. Following the press conference, Cicilline issued the following statement:

“No one in America should work full time and live in poverty. Hardworking Americans earning the minimum wage deserve a raise. When adjusted for inflation the minimum wage today is worth about $2 less than it was in 1968. And, right now a full-time minimum wage worker makes $14,500 a year, which leaves too many families struggling just to make ends meet. This is shameful and that is why I was proud to join Leader Pelosi and House Democratic Members in signing a discharge petition to force a vote to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

“This is not only the right thing to do for hardworking families living below the poverty line, it is good economic policy. Putting more money in the pockets of middle class Americans would increase consumer demand and boost local economies. After years of growing income inequality, it is time to close this gap, promote economic opportunity, and give hardworking Americans the raise they deserve.”

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