U.S. Rep. Jim Himes Joins Effort To Force Vote On Raising Minimum Wage

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Congressman Jim Himes has signed a discharge petition to force an immediate vote on raising the minimum wage.
Congressman Jim Himes has signed a discharge petition to force an immediate vote on raising the minimum wage. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Connecticut U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th District) has signed a discharge petition to require an immediate vote in Congress on a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

The legislation introduces a scaled increase in the minimum wage, raising it to $8.20 per hour three months after passage, $9.20 after one year, and $10.10 after two years. The bill also gives the Secretary of Labor authority to increase the minimum wage based on the Consumer Price Index if warranted up to every three years.

The bill also would increase tipped minimum wage to $3 per hour and also introduces a formula to increase tipped minimum wage as necessary to keep it at 70 percent of the overall minimum wage.

“After the worst recession in a generation, our economic recovery has left many working families behind,” Himes said in a statement. “People who work hard should not have to struggle to meet their basic needs. They deserve and need a vote on this bill.”

The discharge petition still has a long way to go in order to force a vote. So far, 155 members of congress have signed the petition, but in order to force an immediate vote, the petition needs the support of 218 members. 

Gov. Dannel Malloy is leading a charge to raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour as well and has met with President Barack Obama to discuss the topic. Read more about that here and here on the Daily Voice.

Obama is planning a trip to Connecticut on Wednesday to lead a rally for the minimum wage increase. 

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FALSE ! the CBO report says we will lose 500,000 jobs. Jobs are lost every time the minimum wage goes up. Forcing more people onto public assistance dependency. I say pay people for their performance. That means the 574 people in DC should get no more than $1.00 / hour.

Aaah, another clown from CT.

Excellent move Mr Himes... I wonder what Robtard will do with the extra money

If these guys could focus on easing the tax burden they wouldn't need to bully people into overpaying for jobs kids used to do. Its more a Democrat issue than Republican We don't want to raise it no, but its only needed because liberal policy drives the cost of living through the roof here.
Saying this will increase jobs is ridiculous, it can't. What it will do is drive up costs of everything minimum wage workers do, or cause jobs to be cut. Anybody not happy with minimum wage should go stand on the bridge off MLK Blvd, those gentlemen START at $12/hr and many find full time jobs, and they don't even belong here.

This will be good for the people and good for the economy. The CBO Report says by increasing the minimum wage that this will increase jobs. We have some Republicans that are trying very hard to hide this fact.

Just another empty suit,just like his boss,the jug eared fool who is being b-slapped by Putin.Obozo the president's poll numbers are going down faster than the Chivas at Ted Kennedy's house.

Take your Midol M3.Time for a nap.Impeach the commie who soils the Oval Office.