April 30, 2014

Kaine Statement On Failure To Raise The Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Senate failed to advance legislation that would raise the minimum wage:

“Today, I voted to advance legislation to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016, which could give nearly 750,000 Virginians a raise. I’m discouraged that many of my Senate colleagues chose to block a bill with such broad, bipartisan support from the American public. Raising the minimum wage is about giving hard-working people a chance at economic mobility. Millions of Americans who work full time making minimum wage and support a family live under the poverty level. This legislation would help those hard-working Americans lift themselves out of poverty and earn wages they can spend in their communities, stimulating economic activity and job creation. The American people – Democrats, Republicans and Independents – are telling us to do the right thing and ensure no one working full time is stuck living in poverty. I'm sorry we missed this opportunity today.” 

###