Pay Equity for ALL

May 11, 2018

It’s been over ten years since the last federal minimum wage increase and Americans feel the impacts every day. Today’s minimum wage is just $7.25 and it represents less than half of a living wage for a single adult. Nowhere in our country can a person working 40 hours a week at the current federal minimum wage afford a one- or two-bedroom apartment without public assistance.

Some states, including Oregon, have stepped up and raised the minimum wage. This is really important, but let’s be clear that the federal government also has a responsibility to ensure we’re lifting families across the country out of poverty – not just those in states that do the right thing. That’s why I strongly support H.R. 15, the Raise the Wage Act, to make sure that minimum wages are increased for everyone across the board.

A living wage should not be a privilege, it should be a human right for ALL.

Closing the gender pay gap is also critical…and long overdue. It’s the Year of the Woman, but women still only make 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. This is discrimination, plain and simple. I’m pushing for legislation – H.R. 1869, the Paycheck Fairness Act and H.R. 2418, the Pay Equity for All Act – that would fight pay discrimination and provide better remedies for victims of pay discrimination.

All workers deserve fair and livable wages. We need to keep talking about and pressing this issue. Together, we can and will make progress.


Earl Blumenauer

Member of Congress