WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Mike Michaud has reiterated his support for raising the minimum wage, following a failed attempt by the Senate to bring up bi-partisan legislation boosting it to $10.10 an hour. Michaud, who is a co-sponsor of House legislation that would raise the minimum wage, issued the following statement after the Senate's vote:
"It's imperative that hardworking Mainers be able to make ends meet, and they just can't do that on the current minimum wage. I will continue to advocate for the well-being of all of those in our state who stand to benefit from this long-overdue increase -- from the parents struggling to provide for their children, to the single mom working two jobs, to the thousands of veterans who would see a deserved increase in quality of life. It's time for Congress to set politics aside and do the right thing -- and that means giving the American people a living wage that actually reflects the fiscal realities facing most of our families."
Michaud voted to allow an amendment raising the minimum wage to be offered in the House, but Republicans blocked the effort -- the eighth time they have done so.
The Fair Minimum Wage Act would raise the minimum wage to $8.20 an hour within three months of enactment. The wage would increase to $9.15 an hour within a year, and to $10.10 an hour within two years. A recent study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute found that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would generate $22 billion in increased economic activity.