Target: Speaker of the House John Boehner
Goal: Demand Congress raise the minimum wage for all workers in the United States
President Obama recently signed an executive order that would raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10. This sounds good, but affected positions include only military kitchen and laundry workers, janitors at federal facilities, and construction workers at government building sites. This order will affect those who are new contracts, not current ones. With rising living costs, minimum wage for all jobs in the United States should be raised to $10.10.
The Obama administration is in fact pushing for Congress to raise the minimum wage nationwide, a proposal endorsed by two senior Democrats, Senator Tom Harkin and Representative George Miller. The proposal would raise the nation’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and aid with rising inflation rates. But members of Congress, notably John Boehner, believe that the President is stepping out of bounds and is using powers that are not granted to him by the Constitution.
The current minimum wage does not provide a sustainable living environment for those who are employed. The White House states that what President Obama is doing with federal workers is a power granted by the Constitution, but was forced to sign off this order because of a gridlock in Congress preventing him from increasing the wage nationwide. Sign this petition if you want our minimum wage to be raised for everyone, not just our federal workers.
Dear John Boehner,
I am writing this letter to express my discontent with the national minimum wage. Those of us who work at minimum wage find that they cannot support themselves with their meager income. Necessary expenses such as rent, food, utilities, and a car are not affordable, forcing minimum wage workers to rely on government aid to sustain a living. To say that these workers should go to college to earn more money is not a positive or effective solution to the problem. Going to school only adds to their costs, and many of these workers end up dealing with student loans on top of providing for themselves. If you want these workers to improve their lives, they need to be able to make more money.
I am appalled that members of the Congress are willing to keep the minimum wage as it is, especially when the cost of living has gone up significantly. American citizens need to make more money if they are going to be able to sustain themselves in our economy. If our federal workers can get a wage increase, why can’t the rest of America enjoy these benefits as well?
[Your Name Here]
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