WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement in response to today’s filibuster of the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, which would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 nationwide:
“Today’s vote was simply out of step with the American people, who overwhelmingly support an increase in the minimum wage.
Raising the wage is a popular idea with bipartisan support that would help to lift working families out of poverty and expand the economy for everyone. By filibustering this bill, a minority of Senators are denying 28 million hard-working Americans a better shot at a decent living for themselves and their families.
A minimum wage hike has been a defining issue for civil and human rights advocates since before the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. That’s because African Americans, Latinos, LGBT people, people with disabilities, and women lag behind in almost every indicator of economic well-being. By raising the minimum wage, our nation can provide a hand up to these communities while growing our economy.
But this is only the beginning of a longer term effort to pass the Minimum Wage Fairness Act. As long as the cost of living is going up and wages stagnate, pressure will only continue to grow on Congress to finally catch up to popular opinion and raise the minimum wage.”
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.