Congressman Bishop seeks feedback on raising minimum wage

03/04/2014 7:00 AM |
Tim Bishop speaking with a group of North Fork residents in 2012. (Credit: Beth Young photo)

Tim Bishop speaking with a group of North Fork residents in 2012. (Credit: Beth Young photo)

Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) is asking for feedback on whether or not residents in the First Congressional District support raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10.

Mr. Bishop has come out in favor of legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 over three years, though he writes on his website and in a newsletter to constituents that he “would like to know your thoughts on raising the minimum wage.”

Here is the complete message from Mr. Bishop, with a link to the survey below:

Dear Friends,

No one who works full time should live in poverty.  All Americans deserve to earn a decent day’s pay for a hard day’s work.  In order to accomplish this, it is time to raise the federal minimum wage.

This week, I led the effort to bring the Fair Minimum Wage Act (H.R. 1010) to the House floor for a vote by filing a discharge petition.  Once we get 218 signatures on this petition, we will be able to bypass the committee that has been holding up a vote on this legislation and bring it to the floor for an up or down vote.

The Fair Minimum Wage Act would increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 over three years and thereafter index the minimum wage to inflation.  According to the Economic Policy Institute this increase will mean a pay raise for at least 25 million Americans and would generate at total of $35 billion for working families.

I would like to know your thoughts on raising the minimum wage.  Please take a moment to answer the survey in this email message.

If you would like to continue to receive these messages from me, please subscribe to my e-newsletter.

CLICK FOR THE SURVEY

Mr. Bishop’s newsletter notes that those who take the survey will be subscribing to his newsletter.