WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, expressed his outrage today that Republicans have again blocked debate on a provision to increase the federal minimum wage.
“Americans deserve a fair shot at making ends meet and supporting their family, not yet another procedural filibuster. I am disappointed that we were blocked from even debating a measure that would help our economy and 28 million hard-working Americans making the minimum wage,” said Senator Cardin. “If you work 40 hours a week, there is not a state in this country where you can find affordable housing. You cannot support your family on the minimum wage in 2014 in the United States of America. I find that unacceptable. Maryland and other states have taken a step forward to raise the minimum wage on their own. It’s time for the federal government to stand up for workers all across this country. History has shown that when we previously raised the minimum wage, our economy as whole grew stronger. It’s time we give a raise to American workers and their families.”