I got a good email today.
Congress Approves Minimum Wage Increase
Today I am happy to report that I, along with 315 of my colleagues, passed H.R. 2, the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007. There has not been an increase in the minimum wage in over nine years -- the longest period without an increase in the history of the law. Raising the minimum wage has been long overdue and is well-deserved by the over 13 million Americans who will benefit from this bill.
Last Congress, the Republican leadership failed to bring this issue to the floor as a stand- alone bill. Now, under the new Democratic leadership, the House has been able to pass a bill that will have a positive impact on thousands of families nationwide. ...
As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we must remember his message to Congress in 1966 concerning the minimum wage. He stated, "We know of no more crucial civil rights issue facing Congress today than the need to increase the federal minimum wage and extend its coverage." "A living wage should be the right of all working Americans."
H.R. 2 addresses Dr. King's concerns that are still relevant today. I am very happy with the passage of this bill today and I will continue working with our new House leadership to pass legislation that benefits America's workforce.
Diane E. Watson
Member of Congress