Letter to the Honorable John Boehner

By:  Pete King
Date: July 24, 2006
Location: Unknown


July 24, 2006

The Honorable John Boehner
Majority Leader
House of Representatives
H-107, the Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. Leader,

We are writing today to reiterate our request that you bring legislation increasing the federal minimum wage to the floor this week. As Members prepare for the August District Work Period, many of our constituents feel strongly that this matter deserves the full attention of Congress immediately. The citizens in our districts are voicing their support for such an increase and ultimately we are accountable to them.

As you know, it has been nearly ten years since the last increase in the minimum wage. At the current rate, a minimum wage employee who works 40-hours a week earns $10,700 per year. For a single parent with two children, that amount is thousands of dollars below the federal poverty line. Nobody working full time should have to live in poverty. We believe it is time for Congress to take responsible action to raise the minimum wage and ensure our hard working constituents can provide for their families.

We appreciate the leadership you provide and willingness to work with us to resolve this matter positively. We look forward to working with you to ensure a majority of our colleagues in the House will support such legislation and we thank you for your attention to this critical issue.
Sincerely,

Signers of the letter:

1. Bilirakis

2. Boehlert

3. Capito

4. Castle

5. Davis (KY)

6. Dent

7. Emerson

8. English

9. Ferguson

10. Fitzpatrick (PA)

11. Foley

12. Gillmor

13. Gutknecht

14. Hobson

15. Johnson (CT)

16. Johnson (IL)

17. Kelly

18. King (NY)

19. Kuhl

20. LaHood

21. LaTourette

22. Leach

23. Lewis (KY)

24. LoBiondo

25. McHugh

26. Miller (MI)

27. Murphy (PA)

28. Ney

29. Peterson (PA)

30. Poe (TX)

31. Ramstad

32. Saxton

33. Schwartz, Joe

34. Shays

35. Sherwood

36. Simmons

37. Simpson

38. Smith (NJ)

39. Sweeney

40. Tiberi

41. Upton

42. Walsh

43. Weldon (PA)

44. Weller

45. Wilson (NM)

46. Wolf (VA)

47. Young (AK)

48. Young (FL)

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