Obama Rips Senate Republicans For Blocking Bill To Raise The Minimum Wage


President Obama tore into Senate Republicans for blocking a bill that would raise the minimum wage, while painting a picture of a GOP that doesn’t care about working people.




The president:

Some of them want to scrap the minimum wage entirely. One House Republican said, it’s outlived its usefulness. I’d vote to repeal the minimum wage. A Senate Republican said, he doesn’t think the minimum wage helps the middle class. This is a very simple issue. Either you are in favor or raising wages for hard working Americans, or you’re not. Either you want to grow the economy from the middle out and the bottom up, so that prosperity is broad based, or you think that top down economics is the way to go.

Republicans in Congress have found the time to vote more than 50 times to undermine or repeal the healthcare bill for millions of working families. Earlier this month they voted for a budget that would give the wealthiest Americans a massive tax cut, while forcing deep cuts to investments that help middle class families, but they won’t raise wages for millions of working families when three quarters of Americans support it? It makes no sense.

And on top of that, they blocked our efforts to make sure women receive equal pay for equal work. They stood in the way as we fought to extend unemployment insurance for parents who need a little help supporting their families while they’re out looking for work. Republicans have failed to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, and they’ve increasing failed to do anything when it comes to helping people who work hard get ahead.


If there’s any good news here, it’s that Republicans in Congress don’t get the last word on this issue, or any issue. You do. The American people. The voters. Change is happening, whether Republicans in Congress like it or not. So my message to the American people is this, do not get discouraged by a vote like the one we saw this morning. Get fired up. Get organized. Make your voices heard, and rest assured, I’m going to keep working with you, and Leader Nancy Pelosi, and other members of Congress who are here today to raise wages for hard working Americans. It’s the right thing to do.

If you’re member of Congress doesn’t support raising the minimum wage, you gotta let them know that they’re out of step, and if they keep putting politics ahead of working Americans, you’ll put them out of office.

The president didn’t just offer a critique of the Republican refusal to raise the minimum wage. He connected the dots, and showed how today’s vote fits the larger Republican agenda. Republicans want to deny working people access to affordable healthcare. If you lose your job, Republicans don’t want you to collect unemployment benefits. Republicans don’t want women to be paid the same amount as men, and they definitely don’t want working people to earn higher wages.

The Republican agenda is of the rich, by the rich, for the rich. They don’t care about anyone who isn’t rich. Everyone who isn’t wealthy is taker, who is leeching off of the makers. This is the way that Republicans in Congress view the nation.

Senate Republicans played into Democratic hands by blocking the minimum wage bill. They are revealing their true colors to the voters. With each vote against things like equal pay and the minimum wage, Republicans are sowing the seeds of their own demise.

President Obama isn’t just ripping Republicans. He is setting the stage for an epic debate about the future direction of our country.

17 Replies to “Obama Rips Senate Republicans For Blocking Bill To Raise The Minimum Wage”

  1. A Salon article mentioned how we are entering an age of hyper inequality, like Europe in the late 1900s. We know what follows an age of hyper inequality. Extreme,civil unrest leading to war. Most of European monarchies and aristocracy was swept into the dustbins of history.

    The only monarchs left became museum pieces and tourist attractions. 100 years ago this year, actually, with the advent of the Great War.

    Precluding the Great War was a massive arms build up and an extreme hierarchy. Men were made officers just because they were aristocrats. After the war, the rank and file refused to go back to the old order. The war had changed them.
    People are arming themselves in the US because deep down they know a very literal class war is coming. Right now too many are fooled into blaming the wrong people. When they get to starvation mode, they will take what they need from whomever they need it from. It’s tough to see this steady drift into war, but there it is.

  2. So will I, in November when I vote all of them out, and I mean all of them

    I will vote for my pet goldfish before I vote for a Republican, and I don’t even have a goldfish…

  3. The 41 Republicans who blocked this bill should be banished to a desolate location where they can’t destroy us. They don’t deserve to represent us.

  4. They are destroying us little by little. Once we lose something like voting rights, minimum wage, all those things that are mandatory for the middle class to exist and have a voice, we will not ever get them back. They are muting us, our votes, and our freedoms. I wonder how long it will take for everyone to realize the toxic plan they have in mind for the middle class, elderly, poor, and frail?

  5. Michael, They don’t represent us. They represent the Reince Priebus’s, the Grover Norquists, and the very wealthy teabaggers who tell them what they will and will not do, or else!

  6. I would challenge any one of those millionaire horses arses in Congress to live on minimum wage for one month – just one. They’d never survive!

    I think their wages should be cut to the $30,000 they earned in 1965. Can you even imagine?? That is above the poverty level and hundreds of thousands of families live on much less. IMHO, they don’t work enough to even earn $30,000!!

    Also, isn’t it nice for them to have increased their own salaries to $174,000? And then there’s that pension for life. How many minimum wage earners have the security of even having a job for life, let alone a pension??

    These are supposed to be intelligent people, though I seriously question that. How do they not see what raising the minimum wage would do for the economy? For cutting social assistance?

    Ugh! There goes my blood pressure!!

  7. When I was making minimum wage many years ago, every dime more I got was always welcome. But it would never be enough.

    They say a rising tide raises all boats, but how much more will everything cost within a month of the proposed increase. Other than attempts to find a political hay-maker, increases in MW accomplish very little beyond a few weeks.

  8. I don’t feel strongly one way or the other. But please help me understand how raising the minimum wage accomplishes either helping the economy or reduces social assistance by any measure.

    Small businesses will need to reduce headcount for the short term. All business will need to increase prices for services and products to accommodate the mandated increase. We all need to pay more for these services and products. The wealthy non-business owner loses a lower portion of his overall wealth to pay for those same services and products. Now how does this zero sum end result actually benefit anyone?

  9. In a nutshell the more money people have the more they spend. When you spend more demand goes up. This shit isn’t rocket science.

  10. Once we lose something like voting rights, minimum wage,….
    …..any expectation of privacy, fair treatment by our government for dissenting opinions, expectation for accountability by our elected officials, honesty in government, need we go on?

  11. You might pose that last question to the single mother with 2 kids. Or the father trying to raise 3 kids by himself who has been unemployed for the past 2 years. As them if it would make a difference to take $10 or $20 to the supermarket when shopping for groceries. New shoes. new backpack. Paying the gas bill. The electric bill….

  12. Inequality of wages/income, just another thing that is getting worse under this administration. Lets bail out big money bankers, stock brokers, auto executives, let them keep their big fat bonuses and stock deals while the public treasury funded by us little guys takes all the hits.
    If they stuck to their progressive roots we would have a $50 min and everybody would have a job. Then everybody would be paying taxes and have a lot of money to spend. I would vote for that.
    We can do this people!

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