A few weeks ago the Senate voted down an amendment that would have raised the minimum wage for the first time in nine years. This was the 11th time since 1998 that the Senate rejected attempts to raise the minimum wage. The proposed increase would have raised the minimum wage from it’s current level of $5.15 per hour to $7.25 per hour.
Here are some facts about the minimum wage:
- There are 7.3 million Americans working for the minimum wage.
- 72% of minimum wage workers are adults.
- The average worker brings home more than half of the family’s weekly income, a third bring home 100% of their families’ earnings and 60% of these workers are women, 760,000 are single mothers.
- $5.15 an hour is a gross pay of $10,500 a year for full-time work, which is well below the poverty level.
- The last increase in the minimum wage has been entirely eroded by inflation – the purchasing power of $5.15 today is the equivalent of $4.23 in 1997. In 1997 when the last increase took place it was raised from $4.25 an hour.
Interestingly a week prior to this vote the House approved $3,300 salary increase for all members of the house, this would be the seventh year in a row that members of the house have voted to increase their own salaries.
So apparently Congress feels they deserve an increase in pay, but that the working poor in America do not. Regardless of party I am giving all members of Congress the title of DOUCHE BAG for not getting this wage increase passed…it’s pathetic.