Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement in support of National Minimum Wage Day, designated as a day to raise awareness for the need to increase the minimum wage to $10.10:
“The value of the minimum wage today is more than 30 percent less than it was in 1968, leaving millions of hardworking Americans in poverty. The time for action is long overdue.
“A full-time minimum wage worker earns only $15,080 a year, making it nearly impossible to support a family and save for the future. Raising the national minimum wage to $10.10 would return it to close to its 1960s inflation-adjusted value and permit millions of additional workers to independently support their families. For these reasons, I am proud to support the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, which would do just that over the next three years.
“An increase from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour will bolster our economy by creating an additional 85,000 jobs and generating a total of $35 billion in increased compensation for working families and approximately $22 billion in increased economic activity for business. Congress must pass this legislation without any further delay and give millions of American workers a raise they rightly deserve.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.