When Democrats took control of Congress after the 2006 elections, one of the first laws they passed was a three-step increase in the federal minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7.25 an hour. Before then, under Republican control of the House of Representatives, the minimum wage had been frozen for a decade.Last week, a group of more than 100 House Democrats introduced legislation that would once again increase the federal minimum wage in three steps from $7.25 to $9.80. Further, the Democratic bill ties the minimum wage to inflation, so low-income workers will no longer see their purchasing power decline every time Republicans have a majority in the House.This bill would improve the take home pay of 28 million low-income Americans, and help stimulate the economy for everyone else. There are few, if any, other laws that could so quickly make a positive difference in the lives of so many low-income Americans. However, it has no chance of passing into law as long as John Boehner and the tea party are in charge.
This is one of the clearest reasons why we need Democrats to control the House of Representatives, and for Nancy Pelosi to become Speaker Pelosi once more. To accomplish that goal, at Daily Kos, we are working to elect nine strong progressives who are running in districts Democrats must win in order to retake the majority.
Labor Editor, Daily Kos