Maloney Joins Colleagues to Force Vote to Raise the Minimum Wage to $10.10
Washington, DC – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney announced today that he signed a petition to force an immediate vote on the House Floor to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016. Increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 over the next three years would raise the living wage for nearly 1 million hardworking New Yorkers and their families.
“Creating jobs and growing the middle class are my priorities – and we must ensure we are creating good paying jobs with a living wage that hardworking folks in the Hudson Valley can support a family on. The average worker earning minimum wage is 35 years old and making less than $14,000 a year; increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 will strengthen our middle class, grow our economy, and allow those hardworking moms and dads to support their families,” said Representative Sean Patrick Maloney.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1010, which would increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 over the next three years – returning the wage to its inflation adjusted value in the 1960s. The Economic Policy Institute estimates that 987,000 New Yorkers, and 30 million Americans would be directly impacted by raising the minimum wage to $10.10. Beginning December 31, 2014, New York State raised the minimum wage to $8.00 and will increase it to $9.00 by 2016.
A discharge petition is a special congressional procedure that allows a majority of members to bypass the Speaker of the House and force an up or down vote on a bill if a petition receives the required 218 signatures.