The House of Representatives is preparing to vote on the Raise the Wage Act, which would finally, after over a decade of being stuck at just $7.25 an hour, raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
But corporate lobbyists are hard at work trying to kill the bill, and despite overwhelming support among the public, we still don’t have enough cosponsors to guarantee the bill’s passage.
The fate of the Raise the Wage Act is in the balance.
For it to pass the House, every member of Congress is going to need to hear from their constituents just how important this bill is to them and their communities. Using the tool below, please take a minute to send a message to your Representatives.
Step 1: Enter your address into the tool below to find the name of your Representative in the House.
Step 2: Find your Representative’s name in the table below to see whether he or she has signed onto the Raise the Wage Act.
Step 3: Send your member of Congress a message, either thanking them for their support, or demanding they back the Raise the Wage Act. Sample messages can be found below:
If they support the bill: “Hi, my name is ____ and I’m a constituent who lives at _____. I just wanted to thank you for your support for the Raise the Wage Act. It’s been nearly ten years since Congress last raised the federal minimum wage, and I’m grateful that you’ve taken a stand to support workers across the country.”
If they don’t support the bill: “Hi, my name is ____ and I’m a constituent who lives at _____. I’m calling to ask that the Congressman/Congresswoman sign onto the Raise the Wage Act as a cosponsor. It’s been nearly ten years since Congress last raised the federal minimum wage, and the present-day rate of $7.25 is not enough for anyone to live on. By raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, the Raise the Wage Act would lift millions of working Americans out of poverty, including thousands of the Representative’s constituents.”