Hartzler Response to Top-Down Federal Wage Mandate
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) made the following statement on a bill House Democrats passed to mandate a one-size-fits-all federally mandated minimum wage.
“This bill is yet another overreaching power grab from Washington,” Hartzler said. “Missouri voters already decided to raise their minimum wage last year. Now the federal government believes it knows better than the states and wants to force a one-size-fits-all policy on all Americans. Unfortunately, this policy will cost up to 3.7 million jobs nationwide and would cause nearly half of families with a minimum wage earner to see a reduction in household income. Missouri could also stand to lose over 48,000 jobs.
“Additionally, this bill would decrease work choices for families of disabled individuals by phasing out sheltered workshops. Sheltered workshops provide the necessary tools for those with disabilities to succeed in their jobs and can help these individuals acclimate to the workforce, and even learn and hone their life and social skills. I offered an amendment to preserve these spaces which offer valuable training and support, but House Democrats refused to let my amendment come to the floor for a vote. I am disappointed that we couldn’t at least come together on this common-sense amendment.”
“This sheltered workshop provision would have assisted individuals and families by continuing a broad selection of available options to individuals with disabilities as they seek employment,” said Kit Brewer, Legislative Chair of the Missouri Employment Supports and Advocacy (MESA). “Elimination of such options places additional barriers to the employment success of some men and women with disabilities, and additional burdens on they and their families. We support open communication and information on an array of employment choices.”
House Democrats’ minimum wage bill, H.R. 582, passed the House today by a vote of 231-199. It now heads to the Senate for further consideration.
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