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The current Federal minimum wage is $7,25 an hour.
if you worked 40 hours a week for 50 weeks out of the year, you'd make $14,500 a year.
If you are a 2 person household, you are automatically over $1500 BELOW the Federal poverty level:
The last time that the Federal minimum wage was increased was 2009, when it went from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour:
A number of cities have raised their minimum wage to $15 an hour, but all them have that amount phased in over a number of years.
In 2004 , members of Congress were paid $158,100. Ten years later, their compensation had been increased to $174,000 a year, an increase of $15,900. If you divide that by number by 2000 (40 hours times 50 working weeks a year) Congress has increased it's own compensation by $7.95 an hour, which is actually MORE than the current Federal minimum wage.
If your Congressman tells you that we can't afford an increase in the minimum wage, just ask him to go back to the salary that we was making 10 years ago, and ask him to live on that salary. Even at the "old" salary, he is still making $79 an hour, which should provide a comfortable standard of living for just about anybody.