January 23, 2007

SEN. CARDIN SPEAKS OUT ON SENATE FLOOR FOR INCREASE IN MINIMUM WAGE

Contacts: Oren Shur: 202-224-4524

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436


WASHINGTON Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today spoke out on the Senate Floor in support of an increase in the federal minimum wage. Sen. Cardin is a co-sponsor of The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 [S. 2].

I believe it is wrong that millions of hard-working Americans who play by the rules still live in poverty and are unable to provide for their families, said Sen. Cardin. The minimum wage doesnt just affect high school students. It disproportionately affects women and minority workers. The American dream must be a reality for all American families. An increase in the minimum wage is long overdue.

As a Member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Cardin consistently voted to increase the minimum wage for working Americans. In 1996, he voted for the last successful increase in the minimum wage, when Congress increased it from $4.25 per hour to $5.15 per hour. [H.R. 3448].