Arrington Statement on Democrats’ Job-Killing Minimum Wage Proposal

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX-19) released the following statement after voting against House Democrats’ “Raise the Wage Act,” which passed the House of Representatives today and would increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour:

“The best way to raise workers’ wages, pull people out of poverty, and put them on a path to prosperity is not through imposing big-government mandates that distort the market, burden small businesses, and, ultimately, put Americans out of work. In fact, the misguided $15 minimum wage legislation Democrats passed out of the House today would hurt the very people it is trying to help, resulting in a loss of almost four million American jobs and a reduction in family income by $9 billion,” said Arrington. 

“I am proud to have joined my Republican colleagues and President Trump to pass pro-growth tax reform, which has activated the free market forces of competition and led to wages rising at the fastest pace in a decade, unemployment at the lowest level in nearly half a century, and over 1.4 million more job openings than there are workers to fill them. Going forward, these policies, not extreme left-wing proposals that put our nation on the road to economic ruin, should guide our approach.”