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Hagan Statement on Senate Minimum Wage Vote

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kay Hagan released the following statement today after Senate Republicans blocked legislation to gradually raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour:

"I'm deeply disappointed that partisan politics prevented the Senate from moving forward on commonsense legislation that would benefit more than one million North Carolinians who are struggling to support their families and make ends meet. The people I talk to in North Carolina are working harder than ever only to fall further behind. What's more, two out of every three minimum wage earners are women. As women are more and more often becoming primary household earners or co-earners, it is more important than ever that we close the wage gap and ensure women are earning a wage that allows them to support their families.

"Anyone who has ever lived on the minimum wage will tell you this that this should not be used as a political football, and I will continue working to ensure North Carolina workers can earn wages that allow them to put food on the table, gas in the car and provide for their families."

In North Carolina, raising the minimum wage would:

· Increase wages for 1.1 million workers by an average of nearly $1600 per year - money that would go right back into our state's economy.
· Lift nearly 220,000 North Carolinians out of poverty.
· Help boost incomes for over 30,000 veterans living in North Carolina and 582,000 nationwide.
· Provide a raise for 600,000 women in North Carolina. Women account for 2 out of every 3 workers earning the minimum wage, and raising it would help to close the gender wage gap.

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