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

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.