Monday, January 08, 2007

Give America a Raise With No Strings Attached

Three years ago, Working Families succeeded in raising the minimum wage here in New York state. Because of our work then, today New York's minimum wage is $7.15 an hour, while the federal minimum wage is stalled at $5.15 an hour.

We won't forget our brothers and sisters across the country. Raising the minimum wage nationwide will help 13 million working families come closer to making ends meet and put more money into the economy.

Working Families supported Democrats for Congress in 2006 because, in each case, they were the better candidates. Our votes give us the opportunity to hold them accountable for their promises. The "First 100 Hours" of the new Congress is not too soon for us to start using our power.

With Democrats now running Congress, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this Wednesday to increase the minimum wage and give working families across America a raise. But some politicians are trying to hijack the bill and slip in budget-busting tax cuts.

Across the board, New York's Democratic House members said they would support increasing the minimum wage. Now we need to hold them to their campaign promise and let them know how we want them to vote. The House needs to pass a clean bill to raise the minimum wage with no strings attached – no favors for powerful interests or budget-busting tax cuts.

Tell your U.S. Representative that you want the House to pass a clean bill to raise the minimum wage on Wednesday at
Together, we can give America a raise!

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