KENNEDY ON MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE
Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on the minimum wage increase taking place today. In accordance with legislation passed last year, this is the second of three increases to the federal minimum wage. Currently at $5.85 per hour, today's increase will bring it to $6.55 per hour.
"Today's minimum wage increase couldn't come at a better time, and is long overdue. Families are struggling harder than ever to put food on the table, pay for decent health care, and buy gas to drive to work. Today's raise will help more than 2 million families face these tough times. It's a significant step in giving hardworking men and women the dignity and respect they deserve."