Senator Clinton, Inflation, and the Minimum Wage
Call your Senators! You know the ones who are probably voting to keep the tax cuts right now. Call them and tell them to support Senator Clinton's minimum wage bill:
In addition to gradually raising the federal minimum wage, the bill would also require the federal minimum wage to be increased by the same percentage amount as Congressional salaries every year.
“Working parents who are struggling to make ends meet and to build a better life for their children are falling behind. Minimum wage workers haven’t had a raise in nearly a decade. We should raise the federal minimum wage again so that working parents can lift their children out of poverty. It is past time to make this investment in our children and families,” said Senator Clinton.
In 1989, Congress passed legislation that provided for an automatic salary increase for its Members every year tied to an inflation-adjusted cost of living allowance (COLA). Congress can decline to accept the pay raise and has done so five times since the automatic increase was put into effect. Pursuant to this new law, Congress in 1991 also gave itself a 25 percent salary increase to make up for past years when its salary remained unchanged.
In 1991, the minimum wage was $3.80 per hour. It is currently $5.15 per hour and was last increased in 1997. If the minimum wage had increased at the same rate as Congressional salaries, it would now be $6.51 per hour. If the minimum wage had also received a 25 percent bump in 1991, it would now be $7.48 per hour.
Yes, it should be more. Like ... a living wage perhaps. But it's tough, I get it. So, I'm supporting this. Wholeheartedly. I called my Senator (as though Schumer would not support this), but y'all, I know you're spread out all over the country, I've read my stats, so ... Hot Springs, AK and Everett, WA and Mobile, AL and Palatine, IL and Norman, OK and Trenton, MI and all the rest of you