Bill Young votes against raising the minimum wage

Those other GOP members of Congress would be Steve Southerland from Tallahassee, Orlando area's Daniel Webster and Vern Buchanan from Sarasota.

For Congressman Young, raising the minimum age might be something of a sensitive issue.

That's because a perhaps not so innocent inquiry by a Tampa Bay area activist on the 4th of July last year resulted in a PR debacle for Young when he accosted the man who asked him the question, Pepe Kovanis.
Remember that? That's when Young told him somewhat flippantly to "Get a job."

The vote on raising the minimum wage, officially listed as the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act, went down to defeat along party lines, 284-233 (every Republican voted against the measure; six Democrats joined them, with the rest of the Democrat voting for it.)

A measure that would have increased the minimum wage from the current $7.25 to $8.20 within three months and $10.10 over three years was defeated in the GOP-led House of Representatives on Friday. One of the members of Congress voting no was Pinellas Representative Bill Young.

Young's opposition comes just a month after a Pew Research poll indicated that 71 percent of the American public supported such an increase.

A spokesperson for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Emily Bittner, listed Young along with other Florida GOP members of the House for failing to support the legislation.

“In our country, it’s not right when men and women work hard at a full-time job and can’t earn enough to make ends meet or support their families, but Congressmen Young, Southerland, Webster and Buchanan would rather chose Tea Party ideology than help hardworking families,” Bittner said in a statement. “The people of Florida work hard and play by the rules but they’re getting squeezed by higher prices and lower earnings — and now Congressmen Young, Southerland, Webster and Buchanan just said no to a commonsense way to put more money in their pockets: raise the minimum wage.”

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