U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (WA-09) today issued the following statement after voting to increase the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour over two years. The bill, H.R. 2, passed overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives.
“Millions of American families have had to get by on $5.15 an hour for the past decade. While I’m pleased that Washington State remains a national leader on this issue, it was important for the rest of the country to support workers with a higher federal minimum wage. This is another example of Congress rolling up our sleeves and getting to work during the first 100 hours of the 110th Congress.”