April 30, 2014

Manchin Statement on Minimum Wage Vote

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement after the Senate failed to pass legislation that would increase the national minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.

“I am disappointed that the Senate failed to pass an increase in the minimum wage,” Senator Manchin said. “This bill would cut the number of Americans enrolled in SNAP by more than 3 million and save taxpayers almost $4.6 billion. We can all agree that Americans who work hard and provide for themselves and their families should not live below the poverty line and deserve a raise. By increasing the national minimum wage, we would not only help West Virginians and Americans receive a fair shot at building better lives for their families, but we would also boost economic prosperity and create jobs.

“This is not a Democrat or a Republican issue, this is an American issue. We all would benefit from a minimum wage increase, and so I will continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in order to find middle ground and pass this beneficial, commonsense agenda.”

This graphic displays how increasing the minimum wage will help West Virginia families:

 Minimum Wage Graphic