Edward Markey

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Edward Markey

From: The Committee on Education and The Workforce – Minority Staff
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Date: 4/30/2015

Raise the Wage for America’s Workers

Become an Original Cosponsor of
The Raise the Wage Act

Current Co-sponsors (145): Representatives Pelosi, Hoyer, Clyburn, Becerra, Van Hollen, DeLauro, Brady, Brown, Conyers, Cummings, DeFazio, Engel, Grijalva, E. Johnson, Levin, Lowey, Pallone, Sánchez, Schiff, Slaughter, Smith, B. Thompson, Waters, Hinojosa, S. Davis, Courtney, Fudge, Sablan, Wilson, Bonamici, Pocan, Takano, Jeffries, Clark, Adams, DeSaulnier, Aguilar, Bass, Beatty, Bera, Bustos, Beyer, Bishop, Blumenauer, Boyle, Brownley, Bustos, Butterfield, Capps, Capuano, Cárdenas, Carson, Castor, Castro, Chu, Clarke, Clay, Cleaver, Cohen, Crowley, D. Davis, Delaney, DelBene, Dingell, Doggett, Edwards, Ellison, Engel, Eshoo, Esty, Farr, Fattah, Frankel, Gabbard, Gallego, A. Green, G. Green, Gutiérrez , Hahn, Hastings, Himes, Honda, Huffman, Israel, Jackson Lee, H. Johnson, Kaptur, Keating, Kennedy, Kildee, Kilmer, Kind, Langevin, Larsen, Larson, Lawrence, Lee, J. Lewis, Loebsack, Lowenthal, Luján, Lujan Grisham, C. Maloney, S. Maloney, Matsui, McCollum, McDermott, McGovern, NcNerney, Meeks, Moulton, Murphy, Nadler, Nolan, Norcross, Norton, Pascrell, Payne, Pingree, Plaskett, Price, Rangel, K. Rice, Roybal-Allard, Ruiz, Ruppersberger, Rush, Sanchez, Sarbanes, Schakowsky, Serrano, Sewell, Sherman, Speier, Swalwell, Takai, M. Thompson, Tonko, Torres, Tsongas, Vargas, Veasey, Wasserman Schultz, Watson Coleman, Welch
Deadline to become Original Co-sponsor: TODAY. April 30th, COB
Dear Colleague:
Economic inequality is one of the defining challenges facing our economy and our country. Increasing the minimum wage would help close the gap between low-wage and high-wage workers, and most importantly, it would ensure that workers receive a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.
The Raise the Wage Act would:
Increase the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $12.00 by the year 2020;
Index the minimum wage to the median wage starting in 2021;
Eliminate the tipped minimum wage gradually by raising the cash wage from the current $2.13 per hour to match the regular minimum wage.
No one who works full time should have to live in poverty. As estimated in a forthcoming paper from the Economic Policy Institute, raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $12.00 in 2020 would give almost 38 million hard-working Americans a raise, including the parents of nearly 18.7 million children. A $12.00 per hour minimum wage would give workers almost $110 billion in raises. Putting more money in to the pockets of low-wage workers stimulates consumer demand and strengthens the economy for all Americans.
Please join me in standing up for workers and their families by increasing the minimum wage. Senator Murray is introducing companion legislation in the Senate. To become an original cosponsor, please contact Melissa Greenberg with the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Minority Staff, at ext. 6-2068 (or by April 30, 2015.

Robert C. “Bobby” Scott
Ranking Member
Committee on Education & the Workforce