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06-S2725 on May 4, 2006

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: matching minimum wage increases to Congressional pay raises
Source: Standing with Minimum Wage Earners Act (S.2725)
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: A bill to provide for an increase in the Federal Minimum wage and to ensure that increases in the Federal minimum wage keep pace with any pay adjustments for Members of Congress.

SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Sen. CLINTON: This legislation will raise the minimum wage over the next two years and link future increases in the minimum wage to Congressional raises. Today, working parents earning the minimum wage are struggling to make ends meet and to build better lives for their children. The Federal minimum wage is currently $5.15 an hour, an amount that has not been increased since 1997. Sadly, during that time, Congress has given itself eight annual pay raises. We can no longer stand by and regularly give ourselves a pay increase while denying a minimum wage increase to help the more than 7 million men and women working hard across this nation. If Members of Congress need an annual cost of living adjustment, then certainly the lowest-paid members of our society do too.

My legislation would increase the minimum wage first to $5.85 an hour, then to $6.55 an hour, and ultimately to $7.25 an hour within the next two years. In addition, my legislation then ensures that every time Congress gives itself a raise in the future that Americans get a raise too. This is the right and fair thing to do for hardworking Americans.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; never came to a vote.

  • Topic: Jobs
  • Headline: Match minimum wage increases to Congressional pay raises
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill linking minimum wage to Congress' pay raises

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Democrats participating in 06-S2725

Evan Bayh s1oIN Former Democratic Senator 
Barbara Boxer s2iCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Maria Cantwell s1oWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Hillary Clinton s2pNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Chris Dodd s1oCT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Dianne Feinstein s1oCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Tom Harkin s1oIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Tim Johnson s1oSD Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Ted Kennedy s1oMA Democratic Senator (until 2009) 
John Kerry s1oMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Patrick Leahy s1oVT Democratic Sr Senator 
Barack Obama s1oIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008) 
Jack Reed s1oRI Democratic Sr Senator 

Republicans participating in 06-S2725

Independents participating in 06-S2725

Jim Jeffords s1oVT Former Independent Senator (retired 2006) 

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 13
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1

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