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Capito Supports Minimum Wage Increase

Location: Washington, DC

Capito Supports Minimum Wage Increase

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today voted to increase the federal minimum wage to $7.25 per hour. The legislation, H.R. 2, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 313 to 116.

"It has been nearly ten years since Congress approved an increase in the minimum wage. This pay raise for lower-income workers is long overdue, and I am proud to have supported this measure to help the working families in West Virginia and across the country."

The legislation establishes an incremental increase in the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 over two years.

Prior to voting for H.R. 2, Rep. Capito spoke on the House floor in support of an alternative minimum wage proposal put forth by House Republicans, which Capito called a more comprehensive approach because it increased the minimum wage to $7.25 while also offering tax relief and affordable healthcare options to the small businesses that employ the vast majority of minimum wage workers. The alternative measure was not allowed to be brought to the floor for a vote.

The minimum wage legislation now awaits consideration by the U.S. Senate.

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