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Reform Jewish Leader Welcomes Senate Passage of Minimum Wage Increase

  Saperstein: Thanks to the voices and efforts of so many Americans who believe that hard work deserves fair pay, the Senate now stands ready to join with the House, which has already passed a clean minimum wage increase bill, to help meet the needs of the more than 13 million Americans who will benefit from a minimum wage increase.

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Washington, D.C. February 1, 2007- In response to today’s Senate passage of H.R. 2, the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

“Although imperfect, today’s Senate passage of legislation to raise the minimum wage to $7.25 is a pledge to do more for the millions of Americans who work full time and still live below the federal poverty level. The Senate’s vote is recognition of the growing economic inequality in our society exacerbated by a failure to increase the minimum wage over the last 10 years, despite continuous increases in the cost of living.  Thanks to the voices and efforts of so many Americans who believe that hard work deserves fair pay, the Senate now stands ready to join with the House, which has already passed a clean minimum wage increase bill, to help meet the needs of the more than 13 million Americans who will benefit from a minimum wage increase.

Today’s vote is long overdue.  Though we applaud both the House and the Senate for their dedication to raising the federal minimum wage, we have great concern about the delay that will be caused by the differing bills passed in each chamber. We urge Congress to pursue a quick and just conference process so that America’s workers can begin receiving the raise they rightly deserve.”

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Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis.



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