SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON MINIMUM WAGE VOTE

April 30, 2014

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement today after a minority of Senators blocked action on the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, legislation that would have raised the minimum wage to $10.10, helped lift more than 10,000 Granite Staters out of poverty and resulted in a raise for more than 110,000 Granite Staters, including approximately 67,000 New Hampshire women:

“It’s disappointing that once again a minority of Senators were able to block action on a plan that has otherwise overwhelming support from the American people. More than 110,000 hardworking Granite Staters deserve the hard-earned raise the Minimum Wage Fairness Act would have provided, and this plan would have also helped create New Hampshire jobs, boosted our economy, and made sure workers could provide for their families. 

“New Hampshire workers deserve a fair wage for an honest day’s work, and I will continue fighting to increase the minimum wage so we can strengthen our economy and give hardworking Americans a fair shot at success.”