On Face the Nation yesterday, Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor falsely claimed that House Republicans have come up with real job growth solutions to help Americans who live from paycheck to paycheck.
In fact, Congressional Republicans have hurt the middle class by protecting taxpayer subsidies for their special interest backers and the ultra wealthy while refusing to raise the minimum wage or extend unemployment insurance.
House Republicans Have Voted Repeatedly Against Extending Emergency Unemployment Insurance for 1.6 Million Americans Whose Benefits Expired. House Republicans voted three times in January 2014 and once in December 2013 against considering extending Emergency Unemployment Compensation for three months. As of January 2014, unemployment benefits had expired for 1.6 million Americans. [HR 7, Vote #29, 1/28/14; H Res 458, Vote #19, 1/15/14; H Res 455, Vote #5, 1/09/14; H Res 438, Vote #637, 12/12/13; Washington Post, 1/31/14]
House Republicans Voted Against Raising the Minimum Wage, Though it Would Benefit as Many as 30 Million Americans and Generate 140,000 New Jobs. In 2013, House Republicans voted against increasing the minimum wage. Upon enactment, the measure would have increased the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.20 within three months. A year from this date, the federal minimum wage would increase from $8.20 to $9.15. A year from this date, the federal minimum wage would increase to $10.10. According to the Economic Policy Institute, “Increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by July 1, 2015, would raise the wages of about 30 million workers, who would receive over $51 billion in additional wages over the phase-in period. […] Across the phase-in period of the minimum-wage increase, GDP would increase by roughly $32.6 billion, resulting in the creation of approximately 140,000 net new jobs (and 284,000 job years) over that period.” [HR 803, Vote #74, 3/15/13; Economic Policy Institute, 3/13/13]