Kelly: People Don’t Come to America for the Minimum Wage, they come for Maximum Opportunity

Jul 18, 2019 Issues: Economy and Jobs

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Democrats passed H.R. 582, the Raise the Wage Act, legislation that would more than double the federal minimum wage for hourly workers over a five-year period. Representative Mike Kelly, R-Pa., voted against the bill and released the following statement after the vote:

Nobody comes to America comes for the minimum wage. They come to America for maximum opportunity! Like so many things, raising the minimum wage might sound good, but in practice will produce unintended consequences. It will lead to fewer jobs available and more Americans sitting at home rather than working to provide for themselves and their families. Two years ago, Republicans passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act without the support of a single Democrat. Since then, millions of jobs have been created and wages have risen significantly. The best economic policies for our country are those that let Americans keep their hard-earned money.


The independent Congressional Budget Office analyzed the potential effects of raising the minimum wage, and determined that it would result in 1.3 million fewer employed Americans and an $8.7 billion reduction in family incomes by 2025.