Washington, DC, October 26th, 2015: Ralph Nader today wrote to the 36 confirmed and assumed members of the House Freedom Caucus urging them to support raising the minimum wage.
The Freedom Caucus, a group of approximately 36 representatives (they do not release their membership roster) is dedicated to promoting “the liberty, safety and prosperity of all Americans.”
In the letter, Mr. Nader urged the members of the Freedom Caucus to support raising the minimum wage in order to spur economic development and limit the government. Studies have shown that raising the minimum wage would not have an adverse effect on employment, and would reduce the number of Americans on social welfare programs.
The federal minimum wage currently sits at $7.25 an hour or approximately $15,000.00 a year, far below the $24,000.00 poverty line for a family of four. If it had kept up with inflation, it would be approximately $11.00 an hour today
Since the minimum wage has not been raised since 2009, twenty nine states and DC have raised their minimum wage over $7.25.
The attached letter was written by Ralph Nader for TimeForARaise.org. To contact the Time for a Raise Campaign or to schedule an interview with Ralph Nader, email Frank Garvey at [email protected] or call 717-565-9384