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Congresswoman Horn supports minimum wage increase, PHASE Act

Washington, DC, July 18, 2019

In response to the House of Representatives’ vote on H.R. 582, otherwise known as the Raise the Wage Act, Congresswoman Kendra Horn released the following statement:

“I am committed to a pragmatic policy that grows our economy, creates good jobs and strengthens the middle class. We need to raise the minimum wage, but we have to be smart about how we tackle such an important issue. The bill before the House today used a sledgehammer, not a scalpel. By taking a one-size-fits-all approach, this legislation ignores the differences in regions, the cost of living and the cost of doing business. It doesn’t consider that Shawnee is different from San Francisco and Oklahoma City is different from New York City. That’s why I had to vote no. I believe a different piece of legislation – the PHASE Act, which I have cosponsored and that raises the minimum wage incrementally and regionally – addresses this issue in a more reasonable way.

“I am committed to continuing to work for equitable policies that help Oklahoma families and businesses.

“We need to have everyone at the table in this conversation – businesses of all sizes, workers, families and community leaders. This is a tough issue to balance, and we need everyone to have a voice in it.”