Maloney: No Excuse for Congress’ Failure to Raise the Minimum Wage

Apr 30, 2014
Press Release
Increasing Minimum Wage Key Component of Maloney’s Plan to “Expand Women’s Economic Opportunities”

Washington, DC – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) criticized Senate Republicans’ refusal to pass a bill increasing the federal minimum wage today. The Senate bill, which failed by a partisan procedural vote of 54-42, would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 over the next three years. Increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 would raise the living wage for nearly 1 million hardworking New Yorkers and their families, including tens of thousands of women who are twice as likely to earn the minimum wage.

“Raising the minimum wage isn’t just about teenagers working part-time jobs– it’s about spurring economic growth that will benefit all Americans. In fact, the average worker earning minimum wage is a 35-year old woman, working full time, and making less than $14,000 a year; raising the minimum wage will grow our economy, help close the gender pay gap for women in the Hudson Valley, and bring more hardworking families into the middle class. There’s no excuse for Congress failing to act,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

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. A recent report illustrated the impact of raising the minimum wage for America’s women, who account for 64 percent of minimum wage earners. Despite progress in narrowing the gender wage gap in the 1980s and 1990s, women earn just 77 cents for every dollar that men earn. With women making up 55 percent of those who would benefit from an increase of the minimum wage, an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour could close about 5 percent of the gender wage gap.

Earlier this year, Rep. Maloney introduced his plan to “Expand Women’s Economic Opportunities” which Politico said is “one of the most extensive efforts” to highlight economic challenges facing women. His seven-part agenda is “focused solely on women, including closing the pay gap, raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, expanding the child-care tax credit and broadening paid family and medical leave.” Rep. Maloney recently signed a discharge petition to force an immediate vote on the House Floor to increase the minimum wage. Rep. 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.