Patriotic Millionaires Join Sen. Sanders & Others to Support New $15 Minimum Wage Bill

Wednesday, April 26

MEDIA ADVISORY

April 26, 2017

Contacts: Kelsea-Marie Pym

[email protected]

202-446-0489

 

Patriotic Millionaires Join Sen. Sanders & Others to Support New $15 Minimum Wage Bill

It is immoral, 150 years after we ended slavery that a Burger King value meal is valued more than an hour of human labor

Washington, DC – On Wednesday, Vice Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires joined with Senator Bernie Sanders on stage in front of the Capitol at a rally for Good Jobs Nation, a group of striking federal contract employees and allies united in demanding fair pay and a government that stands for workers. At the rally, Senator Sanders announced the introduction of a groundbreaking new minimum wage bill that will raise wages for millions of working Americans.

 

Selections of Stephen’s remarks included:

 

“The moral case for a $15 minimum wage is clear. It is unconscionable that the wealthiest country in the world thinks it’s OK to keep people in poverty when they work 40 hours a week. It is immoral, 150 years after we ended slavery that a Burger King value meal is valued more than an hour of human labor. It is indecent that we sacrifice the human spirit to squeeze out that last dollar of corporate profit.

 

But the economic case is clear as well. And I’m going to let you in on dirty little secret.

 

Rich people don’t build businesses. Customers do.

 

Our economy is 70% consumer driven…so guess what happens when you put more money in consumers’ pockets? They spend it!  This isn’t rocket science! So…when the National Retail Association and the National Restaurant Federation tell us that paying people a living wage will kill jobs? It’s just not true. It’s refusing to raise the wage that robs the economy of the demand we ALL need to thrive.”

 

In the speech, Stephen called upon his representative and Chair of the Senate HELP Committee, Senator Lamar Alexander, to actually hold a vote on the legislation before the 2018 election.

For further text of his speech, comment, or an interview please contact Kelsea-Marie Pym, [email protected] or (202) 446-0489.

 

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About the Patriotic Millionaires

 

The Patriotic Millionaires is a group of 200 high-net-worth Americans who are committed to building a more prosperous, stable, and inclusive nation. The group focuses on promoting public policy solutions that encourage political equality; guarantee a sustaining wage for working Americans; and ensure that millionaires, billionaires, and corporations pay a greater percentage of taxes. You can find out more at http://patrioticmillionaires.org/about/

 

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