Campaign 2010

Dec 10, 2013

New Poll: Congressman Coffman Stands Against Majority of Colorado and Opposes Raising Minimum Wage

Even as new survey data shows that a majority of Colorado voters support raising the minimum wage, Congressman Coffman stands against middle class families and refuses to raise the minimum wage. PPP reported in its new Colorado survey that 56 percent of Colorado voters want to raise the minimum wage to $10. While Coffman has voted against increasing the minimum wage, he repeatedly protected tax breaks for the ultra wealthy and companies that ship jobs overseas.

“Congressman Coffman opposed the minimum wage and then he voted against equal pay for Colorado’s women,” said Brandon Lorenz of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee “No matter how you look at it, Congressman Coffman has made it clear he is only standing against the economic security of Colorado’s middle class families.”

BACKGROUND

Congressman Coffman Voted Against Minimum Wage Increase. In March 2013, Coffman voted against a measure to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour over three years. Upon enactment, the measure would have increased the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.20 within three months. A year from this date, the federal minimum wage would increase from $8.20 to $9.15. A year from this date, the federal minimum wage would increase to $10.10. The measure failed, 184-233. [HR 803, Vote #74, 3/15/13]

  • Economic Policy Institute: Raising the Minimum Wage Would Benefit as Many as 30 Million Americans, Generate 140,000 New Jobs. According to the Economic Policy Institute, “Increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by July 1, 2015, would raise the wages of about 30 million workers, who would receive over $51 billion in additional wages over the phase-in period. […]Across the phase-in period of the minimum-wage increase, GDP would increase by roughly $32.6 billion, resulting in the creation of approximately 140,000 net new jobs (and 284,000 job years) over that period.” [Economic Policy Institute, 3/13/13]

 

Congressman Coffman Voted Against Considering the Paycheck Fairness Act. In 2013, Congressman Coffman voted against considering the Paycheck Fairness Act. The previous question was ordered so the bill was not considered. The Huffington Post reported: “Recent Census Bureau data shows that full-time working women make 77 cents for every dollar men make per year. The Paycheck Fairness Act, which DeLauro has introduced in eight consecutive Congresses, would expand the Equal Pay Act to close certain loopholes and allow employees to share salary information with their coworkers. It would also require employers to show that pay disparities between their male and female employees are related to job performance, not gender.” [H Res 198, Vote #132, 5/07/13; Huffington Post, 4/11/13]

Congressman Coffman Opposed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: In 2009, Coffman voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The Senate measure was nearly identical to some provisions in the House passed version HR 11. The final bill allowed employees to sue employers for wage discrimination within 180 days of their last paycheck affected by the alleged discrimination. The measure was designed to overturn a 2007 Supreme Court decision (Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.) that ruled a worker could not bring a wage discrimination suit more than 180 days after the initial discriminatory act. The bill passed 250-177. [S 181, Vote #37, 1/27/09]


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