Democrats in both the House and Senate have introduced the Raise the Wage Act of 2017 (S. 1242 / HR 15) that would raise the minimum wage by roughly a dollar a year until it reaches $15 in 2024. Thereafter, further increases to the minimum wage would be dictated by median wage growth as opposed to new legislation, the slow process through which it is currently done. The bill would also implement other ideas to address increasing income inequality such as the gradual elimination of sub-minimum wages for young people, people with disabilities, and tipped workers (restaurant workers and others in the service and hospitality industry).
Many lawmakers assume that minimum wage jobs are held by young people without major financial responsibilities, but the reality is that the majority of these job holders are adults and the primary breadwinners of their household; 62% are women and 6 million of them are mothers. Nearly three-quarters of Americans support raising the minimum wage. Nineteen states have already done so, and another 19 cities in red and blue states alike have increased the minimum wage to $15/hour. Under the Raise the Wage Act, nearly 30% of all American workers would see higher wages, including more than 40% of African American workers and a third of Latino workers.
Not only would increasing the minimum wage be the right thing to do for American workers and families currently struggling to make ends meet, it would greatly benefit the US economy. Consumer spending would increase, and the need for taxpayer funded public-assistance programs would decrease. Congressional support for the Raise the Wage Act is at an all time high with 30 co-sponsors in the Senate and 163 co-sponsors in the House. The time for Congress to act is now.
Three calls to make: Senators Kennedy and Cassidy, and Representative Richmond or Scalise
Senator Bill Cassidy: DC Office: 202-224-5824; Metairie office: 504-838-0130; Monroe: 318-324-2111; Lake Charles: 337-493-5398; Alexandria: 318-448-7176
Senator John Kennedy: DC office: 202-224-4623; New Orleans: 504-581-6190; Lafayette: (337) 269-5980; Monroe: (318) 361-1489; Alexandria: (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge: (225) 926-8033; Shreveport: (318) 670-5192
Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative. If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.
Representative Cedric Richmond - in DC at (202) 225-6636, and in New Orleans at (504) 288-3777
Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259
Hello. My name is [Your Name] and I'm an active voter from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [Or wherever you’re from].
I'm calling to express my support for the Raise the Wage Act, [S. 1242 / HR 15]. Raising the minimum wage is necessary to combat poverty and income inequality in this country, grow the US economy, and create a better future for American families.
Thank you for your time and attention.
This call is adapted from 5calls.org, which can be viewed here.