Beyer Calls on Cantor to Bring Minimum Wage to the Floor

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May 5, 2014 (Alexandria, VA) – With supportive voices on both sides of the aisle, former Lieutenant Government Don Beyer today called on Republican House Leader Eric Cantor to bring a minimum wage bill to the floor.

“As of today, both Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum stated their support for a minimum wage hike,” Beyer said of the Republican former governors. “I challenge Eric Cantor and Republicans in Congress to follow their lead. Let’s have a full vote on an increase in the minimum wage, rather than continue to play partisan politics with workers’ livelihoods.”

Democrats put forward the Fair Minimum Wage Act to raise the national minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Last week, House Republicans blocked a minimum wage bill in committee. This week, the bill failed on the senate floor, with only one Republican joining the Democratic majority.

In the wake of these actions, both former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and former Pennsylvania Governor Rick Santorum agreed that Republicans should support this basic increase for American workers.