Wishy Washy Walsh has gone back and forth on minimum wage so much, I'm starting to get motion sickness. And to top it off, he's at it again.
First, Dan Maffei caught him voting to block another minimum wage amendment in committee. Then yesterday he supported a non-binding (translation: it doesn't really count) resolution instructing the conference writing the final bill to include a minimum wage increase.
Okay, so for those of you keeping track at home, here is Wishy Washy Walsh's recent evolution on the issue; he was for it, then he was against it, then he was still against it, now he is for it but only if the guys writing the final bill really want it. You can see how that might make one a bit queasy.
Here is what Dan had to say on minimum wage:
"In a time when working families are being economically pressured from rising gas prices, rising interest rates, and rising health care costs, it is an abuse of power to vote to increase your own pay to $168,500 while voting to deny an increase of the minimum wage to working families, said Maffei. "When I'm Congressman, I pledge to vote against a personal pay raise until the Federal Minimum Wage is increased."
A federal minimum wage increase would help an estimated 15 million Americans rise out of poverty. The minimum wage has not been increased since 1997.
"Jim Walsh and his Republican colleagues have the wrong priorities and the wrong agenda. Increasing the minimum wage will help millions of Americans break the poverty barrier and help give working families much needed relief," Maffei continued. "It's time for new priorities, a new agenda and a new Congress that has the best interests of working families in mind."