Joyce, Thompson vote no to raise

After more than 10 years without an increase in the federal minimum wage, the U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to pass the Raise The Wage Act.

However, it is not expected to pass the Republican-controlled Senate.

A total of 231 House members voted Thursday in favor of the Raise the Wage Act, and 199 opposed it. Only three Republicans voted for the bill, and Rep. John Joyce, R-13th District, and Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-15th District, voted against it.

Democratic lawmakers said the bill would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2025, give up to 33 million Americans a raise and lift at least 1.3 million Americans out of poverty.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted Thursday: “Nearly a third of working women would receive a raise under the #RaiseTheWage Act. We can’t pass up this opportunity to help eliminate the wage gap by raising the federal minimum wage.”

Joyce cited the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, stating that the measure could lead to the elimination of over 3.7 million jobs by 2025.

“As a small business owner, I believe that the market should determine what companies pay their workers, not the government,” Joyce stated after the vote.

“If we really want to raise wages for our workers, the solution is not a government overreach that will kill jobs and drive companies out of business,” Joyce stated. “Instead, we need to continue to get government out of the way by passing legislation to make the tax cuts permanent for small businesses, further reducing the regulatory burdens which force employers to spend fortunes on compliance cost, and make it easier for businesses and schools to partner on job training programs that will allow us to fill all the good-paying skilled labor positions that we have available in the 13th District.”

Mirror Staff Writer Russ O’Reilly is at 946-7435.

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