KENNEDY ON THE INCREASE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE
Last night, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in response to the President signing the minimum wage increase into law.
"While I know that many Americans are deeply troubled about the bill the President has signed today, there is one thing in this legislation that we can all celebrate - a long-overdue increase in the minimum wage.
Minimum wage workers have been waiting for this raise for ten long and difficult years. They have worked more than one job. They have saved every penny they can for the future of their children. They have decided each day what food they can afford to buy and what bills they can afford pay.
Today, these hardworking Americans have hope for a brighter future. And we are one step closer to becoming the America we want to be - where anyone who works hard and plays by the rules can build a better life for their family."