The last time Congress raised the federal minimum wage was 11 years ago today, and a look at Sen. Dean Heller’s record shows he’s consistently been part of the problem. In Washington, Heller has voted multiple times against efforts to increase the federal minimum wage, maintaining the status quo that allows people to work full-time and live in poverty. When inflation is factored in, today’s federal minimum wage is even less than it was 50 years ago.
At the same time, Heller passed a massive tax giveaway last year to corporate CEOs and the richest 1 percent of Americans that will increase health care costs for many regular Nevadans, add more than $1 trillion to the national debt, and threaten Social Security and Medicare.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement:
“It’s been more than a decade since Congress raised the federal minimum wage for working families, and Sen. Heller’s record shows he’s been an obstacle in Washington to ensuring that Nevadans can earn a living wage for their hard work. Rather than helping regular Nevadans make ends meet by finally increasing the minimum wage, Heller has done everything he can to help the billionaire donors and corporate CEOs who fund his campaign. It’s time for Nevada to elect a new senator who cares more about what’s good for regular people than what’s good for Wall Street.”