Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is calling on the American people to stand up and demand that current starvation minimum wage be raised to $10.10 an hour.
Thomas Roberts asked Bernie Sanders how President Obama can make meaningful progress done when House Republicans put roadblocks in his way. Sen. Sanders (I-VT) answered that the president must rally the American people to demand change.
Sanders said, “Well, I think he makes them an offer they can’t refuse. That is you rally the American people to demand the starvation minimum wage of seven and a quarter is raised to at least $10.10 an hour. That’s something the people in every state in this country want. They know that most of new jobs being created are low wage part time. They know that the middle class is disappearing, and they know that the gap between the very very wealthy and everybody else is growing wider, and what the president has got to do is make the American people look at their Republican representatives and say if you don’t start standing with the struggling working families of this country, you’re not going to be back in Congress next year.”
President Obama can’t solve the gridlock and obstruction on his own, but what he can do is take his argument for raising the minimum wage across the country and call out House Republicans who refuse to support an increase.
Fifty eight percent of Republicans support raising the minimum wage. This is an issue that could hurt Republicans in red states, and will definitely wound the 40+ House Republicans that hold seats in districts that President Obama won twice, and the 100 House Republicans in blue or purple states.
The truth is that President Obama can’t do this alone. He needs the American people to stand up and demand that House Republicans support an increase in the minimum wage. The president also needs the American people to pressure Speaker Boehner into allowing a vote on increasing the minimum wage to come to the House floor.
As Sen. Sanders said, the American people should give House Republicans one choice. Either support an increase in the minimum wage, or lose your seat in Congress.