DEMOCRATS WILL HIT THE ROAD RUNNING WITH AN AGENDA FOR ALL AMERICANS -- (House of Representatives - November 15, 2006)
Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, when Democrats take over the House in January, we are going to hit the road running, moving forward on an agenda that every American should be able to embrace.
Within the first 100 hours, Democrats pledge to bring legislation to the House floor that would increase the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7.25 an hour to more than 6 million American workers.
We will also give the Secretary of Health and Human Services the ability to negotiate lower drug prices, something that the Republican drug law specifically prohibited.
We will also repeal billions in tax breaks for big oil companies, companies that experienced record profits this summer while they were gouging the American consumer.
Democrats also plan to help college students with skyrocketing college costs by cutting their student loan interest payments in half, something that could save future graduates about $5,000 over the lifetime of the loan.
All of this, plus fully implementing the 9/11 Commission's recommendations, and we will do that all in the first 100 hours.