Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Bass Votes Against Minimum Wage Hike

Today, the House of Representatives held - and passed - a symbolic vote supporting a raise in the minimum wage. The symbolism comes from the fact that it's a nonbinding "motion to instruct conferees"
urg[ing] House-Senate negotiators to include a minimum wage boost, from the current $5.15 an hour to $7.25, in jobs covered by a job training bill under discussion.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer continues
Sixty-four Republicans, many moderates from northern and northeastern states, joined Democrats in backing the non-binding resolution.
That is, they joined all the Democrats who voted. Those 64 Republicans included targeted incumbents such as Randy Kuhl (NY-29, challenged by Democrat Eric Massa), John Sweeney (NY-20, challenged by Kirsten Gillibrand), Jim Gerlach (PA-06, vs. Lois Murphy), Curt Weldon (PA-07, vs. Joe Sestak). They included total wingnuts like Geoff Davis (KY-04) and Michael Bilirakis (FL-09).

They didn't include Charlie Bass. No, this moderate Republican doesn't support - not even symbolically support - raising the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour, where it's been since 1997, to $7.25 an hour (and seemingly only for those jobs covered by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act) which still isn't exactly going to catapult current members of the working poor into massive wealth.

It's really awesome that he's such a good friend to the working people of New Hampshire. But then, it's not like he's raising money from the anything people of New Hampshire, as we just learned, so maybe he just doesn't feel that responsible to them.


Blogger Keener said...

Charlie's been drinking the kool-aid for years on this one. The National Association of Convenience Stores marks him as one of the few House members to have 100% rating voting for laws favorable to the "convenience store and petroleum marketing industry":

One of a dozen congressmen to get a perfect score in 2001! Let's give him a hand:

2:34 PM  

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