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Raising The Minimum Wage

Location: Washington, DC

RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE -- (House of Representatives - September 27, 2006)

(Mr. PASCRELL asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. PASCRELL. Mr. Speaker, when is House Republican leadership going to allow a vote on the minimum wage bill to come to this floor? A clean minimum wage bill? As health care, grocery, and energy costs skyrocket for average consumers, House Republican leadership would rather help their CEO friends than average Americans who are just trying to make ends meet.

The fact is that the median annual household income has actually increased by $1,700 after inflation during the course of the Bush administration. The fact is that today, full-time workers who earn the minimum wage are bringing home a paltry $10,700.

This is simply not fair. House Republican leadership have refused to allow a clean minimum wage vote. Close to 15 million Americans will be affected if we did this. Do Republicans really expect a family to live on less than $11,000 a year?

Contrary to what the President and Republican leadership would have you believe, everything is not coming up roses when it comes it our national economy. There are more poor, more uninsured than ever before.

Mr. Speaker, no congressional pay raise until minimum wage is increased, period. It is time we pass a minimum wage bill so that 6 million Americans get a much-deserved pay raise.

Mr. Speaker, if I may, I ask unanimous consent to bring up H.R. 2429, and I know what you are going to say, but I ask it anyway.

The SPEAKER pro tempore. Under the guidelines consistently issued by successive Speakers, as recorded on page 734 of the House Rules Manual, the Chair is constrained not to entertain the gentleman's request until it has been cleared by the bipartisan floor and committee leaderships.

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