Jan 10, 2007- Kaptur Adds Her Support to House Bill To Raise the Federal Minimum Wage

June 12, 2007
Press Release
Late this afternoon, the House voted 315-116 in favor of the bill. Approximately 13 million Americans would enjoy a higher standard of living and increased purchasing power as a result of raising the minimum wage.

"Raising the minimum wage gives value again to the ethic of work itself," Congresswoman Kaptur said. "This is a working women's issue and also a children's issue."

In comments on the House floor, Kaptur framed the issue as one of value.

"What about someone who bathes and cares for elderly patients? Are they worth seven dollars and twenty five cents an hour? How about the people who clean the bathrooms at the political conventions? Is their work worth seven dollars and twenty five cents an hour? What about the people who care for three-year-olds at child care centers across our country? What about people who carry heavy trayloads of dishes and feed people in our restaurants? Are they worth seven dollars and twenty five cents an hour?"

The legislation now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Last November, Ohio voters overwhelmingly approved an increase in the state minimum wage to $6.85 an hour, effective Jan. 1, 2007.