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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Do Shays, Johnson, and Simmons support Bush's Gulf Coast Wage Cut

Here's a breakdown of the history of President Bush's latest embarrassment fromm Rep. George Miller (D-CA).

The President suspended wage standards for workers on the Gulf Coast before he declared a national emergency. That means he was so focused on cutting the wages of people who'd be returning to the Gulf Coast to rebuild their lives and their communities that, in order to hasten the suspension, he failed to follow the law. And at the same time the White House was cutting workers' wages, it was busy awarding no-bid contracts. The President has proven once again that he's more interested in governing for the few than in governing for all of us.

The President's pay cut affects tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands, of Americans who desperately need a decent income to rebuild their lives. People working construction jobs in the Gulf Coast might only have earned $7 or $8 in the first place; now, the only protection left for them is the federal minimum wage, which is a disgraceful $5.15 an hour because Republicans repeatedly refuse to increase it.


Where do our congressional members from Connecticut stand on this matter? Well, it seems that Rep. Miller now has a bill on the floor that will overturn President Bush's Gulf Coast Wage Cut and it seems that only democrats have signed onto the bill. Simmons, Shays, or Johnson are supporting the bill so it it fair to assume the they agree with the President's wage cut?

If I wasn't in Cancun, I'd give Johnson, Shays, and Simmons ofice a phone call and ask them where they stand.