Republican lawmaker tells worker wanting higher minimum wage to ‘get a job’
A worker in Florida got an earful from Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-FL) on Wednesday when he asked the congressman to support a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour.
“Jesse Jackson, Jr. is passing a bill around to increase the minimum wage to 10 bucks an hour,” the man tells Young in a video obtained by FLDemocracy. “Do you support that?”
“Probably not,” Young replies.
“Ten bucks, that would give us a living wage,” the constituent points out.
“How about getting a job?” Young snaps.
“I do have one, $8.50 an hour,” the man insists.
“Why do you want that benefit?” Young grumbles. “Get a job.”
“I do have a job, but it’s not enough to get by on,” the man explains as Young turns away.
Watch this video from FCANactivist, July 4, 2012.
(h/t: Think Progress)