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Congressman Heck Fails to Fight for Nevada’s Working Families, Opposes Increasing Federal Minimum Wage Set in 2007

Congressman Heck preventing overdue wage increase for nearly 30% of Nevada’s workforce

Las Vegas, NV – Nine years ago today, the Fair Minimum Wage Act was signed into law, marking the last time the federal minimum wage was increased thanks to Congressman Heck and his fellow Republicans’ refusal to ensure workers are paid a fair, living wage. Despite significant increases to the cost of living since the law passed in 2007, Congressman Heck and Washington Republicans think it is still acceptable for minimum wage workers to earn and live off of $15,000 per year. The number of minimum wage workers in Nevada makes up nearly 30% of the state’s workforce, and across the nation nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women.

If Congressman Heck’s refusal to permit a long overdue pay increase for minimum wage workers wasn’t bad enough, he willingly took his taxpayer-funded salary even while voting to shutdown the government.

Congressman Heck’s opposition to paying Nevada’s more than 360,000 minimum wage workers a fair wage is sadly not much of a surprise given his record of siding with Washington Republicans against Nevadans,” said Sarah Zukowski, spokesperson for the Nevada State Democratic Party. “Whether it’s supporting measures that would tear immigrant families apart, voting against giving women equal pay for equal work, or opposing raising the minimum wage, it’s clear that Congressman Heck will not fight for the issues that matter most to Nevadans. We need a leader like Catherine Cortez Masto, who will fight for policies that help all Nevadans, unlike Congressman Heck who puts his party bosses in Washington ahead of Nevada families.