Dems Push Harder For Minimum Wage Hike

(Washington, DC) -- Some faith leaders and Democrats are turning up the heat on Republicans over raising the minimum wage. Opening a telephone news briefing, Reverend Michael Livingston called it a moral issue.
Livingston called on congressional Republicans to boost the minimum wage from seven-dollars-and-25-cents to ten-dollars-and-ten-cents an hour. Father Larry Snyder from Catholic Charities USA said low wages fail to provide sufficient resources for workers to support their families.
The Reverend Dr. James Perkins from the Greater Christ Baptist Church in Detroit said the Bible calls for fair treatment of the poor. Labor Secretary Tom Perez argued that a minimum wage hike will boost the economy by putting more money in the hands of workers. The minimum wage has not been raised since 2009.
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Father Larry Snyder from Catholic Charities USA says low wages fail to provide sufficient resources for workers.
Greater Christ Baptist Church Reverend Dr. James Perkins says helping the poor is in the scriptures.
Labor Secretary Tom Perez argued that a minimum wage hike will boost the economy by putting more money in the hands of workers,
Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey says many people working full time live in poverty.
Booker says the United States is the land of opportunity for all.
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