The economy is not working for everyone. While the top 1% has seen their earnings go up 177% since 1980, minimum wage workers are actually getting paid 16% less than they were in 1980. That’s just not right. But instead of raising the minimum wage and giving Americans who work hard a better opportunity to get ahead, Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Senate Republicans have shown once again that they’re against the 99%.
Republicans: Party of the 1%
- 41 Republican Senators are voting against the 99%.
- Once again, the Republican Senators followed the orders of the Koch brothers to vote against a minimum wage increase and keep our economy working for only the wealthiest.
- Earnings for the top 1% have gone up 177% since 1980. Meanwhile, minimum wage workers are actually making 16% less, but Republican Senators are still refusing to give them a raise.
- The 41 Republican Senators have an average net worth of $6.26 million, but they wouldn’t give hardworking Americans a $4,000 raise.
- The 41 Republican Senators prevented 28 million workers from receiving a raise.
- Since 1980, the current Senate Republicans have voted 312 times against raising the minimum wage.
Millions of Americans Would Benefit From Increasing the Minimum Wage
The 41 Republican Senators prevented:
- 28 million workers from receiving a $4,000 raise
- 15 million women from receiving a pay increase
- One million veterans from seeing a pay hike
Raising the Minimum Wage Receives Popular Support
- In polls, nearly three-quarters of Americans support a minimum wage increase to $10.10. Pew Research found that 73 percent of Americans back a minimum wage increase.
- Nearly 60% of small business owners recognize that raising the minimum wage would benefit businesses and support raising it. In fact, 82% of those surveyed don’t pay any of their workers the federal minimum wage of $7.25.
Senator Portman voted against giving a pay raise to hardworking Americans.
- Senator Portman voted against raising the minimum wage, even though minimum wage workers now make 16% less than in 1980.
- Senator Portman has a net worth of $13.9, but refuses to raise the minimum wage to $10.10.
- Senator Portman stopped 1,147,000 people in Ohio from receiving a pay raise.
- Senator Portman is siding with corporations paying low-wages. The National Restaurant Association and its top corporate members have led the fight for decades to stop minimum wage increases and keep federal tipped wages low. Since 2008, Senator Portman has taken $63,000 in contributions from the NRA and its biggest members.
- Senator Portman is protecting low-wage employers that taxpayers are subsidizing. Millions of workers earning the minimum wage make so little that they qualify for food stamps (SNAP benefits). Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would have taken between 97,169 and 115,869 people in Ohio off food stamps.
- Senator Portman is turning his back on children in his state. There are 523,000 children in Ohio with at least one parent whose income would go up by raising the minimum wage to $10.10.