Our U.S. House lawmakers have been working overtime to bring forth progressive legislation to support vulnerable Americans and to strive to protect our government from malfeasance and destructive influences. Thankfully, after the 2018 elections and the restoration of the Democratic majority in the House, this chamber of Congress has been doing the right thing to defend Constitutional rights and the best interests of the American people.
On Thursday, July 18, the House voted to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025. This bill still needs to be passed by the Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to prevent it ever coming to a vote.
Why is this bill important? From the New York Times:
"The bill would more than double the federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 an hour — about $15,000 a year for someone working 40 hours a week, or about $10,000 less than the federal poverty level for a family of four. It has not been raised since 2009, the longest time the country has gone without a minimum-wage increase since it was established 1938."
Today, let's thank House representatives for passing Raise the Wage Act to make $15 per hour minimum wage a reality nationwide and giving 30 million people a long overdue raise. Let's also call or message our senators and tell them not only to support this, but to challenge their Republican colleagues to stand up for hardworking Americans.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC - 202-225-3106 Seattle - 206-674-0040; email link: https://jayapal.house.gov/contact/email/
Rep. Adam Smith: DC - 202-225-8901 Renton - 425-793-5180; email link: https://adamsmith.house.gov/contact
Senator Patty Murray: DC - 202-224-2621 Seattle - 206-553-5545; email link: https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/mobile/contactme
Senator Maria Cantwell: DC - 202-224-3441 Seattle - 206-220-6400; email link: https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact/email/form
“Hello, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I am [CALLING/WRITING] to express my strong support for the Raise the Wage Act, H.R. 582. It's important to protect vulnerable Americans from wage insecurity by increasing the minimum wage across the country.
[IF HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE]
Thank you for supporting H.R. 582 in the House. Please work with your Senate colleagues to pass it in the Senate.
Please support H.R. 582, and please urge Senate Republicans to support this bill to help Americans working in minimum-wage jobs.
House passes $15 minimum wage bill” - https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/18/politics/minimum-wage-house-vote/index.html
“House Passes Bill to Raise Minimum Wage to $15, a Victory for Liberals” - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/18/us/politics/minimum-wage.html
SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE MEETING
Tuesday, Aug. 6, 7:00 pm – Seattle Indivisible Meeting (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):
At the Washington State Labor Council in the Central District, 321 16th Avenue. This meeting venue is wheelchair-accessible, and can be reached by King County Metro buses 7, 14, 27, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.
RESIST TRUMP TUESDAY RALLY
Tues. July. 23, 11:45 am-1:30 pm - Resist Trump Tuesday Rallies (2nd & 4th Tuesdays):
At the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue. The outdoor rally is followed by a meeting inside the Federal Building with staffers from our lawmakers' offices.