Congressman Donald Norcross

Representing the 1st District of New Jersey
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Norcross Statement on Twelve Years with No Increase to Federal Minimum Wage

Jul 23, 2021
News Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) issued the following statement on the eve of the twelfth anniversary of the last minimum wage increase, which took place on July 24, 2009:

“I've worked for minimum wage, and I was once a young, single dad, raising my son and having to balance work, family life and a checkbook. Back then it was hard, but today, it's impossible. No American who works full-time should live in poverty. But that’s exactly what’s happening all around us. Raising the minimum wage is a crucial step for our economy to truly and equitably build back better.”

In January, Norcross joined House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), Senate Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Senate HELP Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) to introduce the Raise the Wage Act, legislation to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025.

Norcross added: “Once again, we reintroduced the Raise the Wage Act in the House. This time, we did so with the support of the House Labor Caucus and President Biden, sending a clear message to workers: we see you, we hear you and we value you. As we continue to recover from the coronavirus and an economic crisis, the fight for $15 is more critical than ever. There isn’t time to waste, the Senate must pass the Raise the Wage Act so that we can give workers the raise they need and deserve.”


Contact: Elizabeth Leer