Senator Heinrich’s statement on raising the minimum wage

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Yesterday, Senator Martin Heinrich made it clear that raising the federal minimum wage is good for New Mexico and our nation.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) delivered a speech on the Senate floor in support of raising the minimum wage. Senator Heinrich is a cosponsor of S. 1737, the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, which would raise the hourly federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2015.

Senator Heinrich is a strong advocate for raising the national minimum wage. Last September, Heinrich and 14 other Senators sent a letter to President Obama urging him to sign an executive order setting the minimum wage for workers under new federal contract to be paid $10.10 an hour. The president signed the executive order in January. In 2005, then-Albuquerque City Councilman Heinrich successfully led the fight to increase the city minimum wage.

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