KENNEDY, REID URGE LAWMAKERS TO STOP DELAYS AND VOTE ON THE MINIMUM WAGE
Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy joined Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid for a press conference urging lawmakers to stop the delays on much needed legislation to increase the minimum wage. Due to over 100 Republican amendments on issues unrelated to the raise, the minimum wage vote will be pushed to next week. For almost ten years America's workers have waited for an increase, the longest period without a wage hike in history.
"The American people respect hard work. They understand fairness and know that no one working for a living should live in poverty. But they don't understand why it has taken ten years to give minimum wage workers the raise they deserve," Senator Kennedy said. "Republicans are blocking this bill and standing in the way of progress. It's unacceptable. We've spent 16 days debating our plan to raise the minimum wage over the last ten years and now Republicans are loading it up with amendments to delay it even further. How can we continue to delay a bill that the American people so clearly want?