Statements about Workers
Says 21 million people "still suffer slavery today."
"In 1968, a full-time worker earning minimum wage, could actually support a family of three above the poverty line. Today, that same worker would earn less than the poverty line for a family of two."
"There are 4.7 percent of Virginians who are minimum wage earners who are over 25 years of age working full-time and trying to raise a family."
"Most folks’ wages haven’t gone up in over a decade."
A Congressional Budget Office report says President Barack Obama’s executive order to raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers "will cost the economy 500,000 jobs."
"Seventy percent of all uninsured live in households in which at least one person is working."
"The Republican leadership in the House has refused to address the issues that matter the most to Rhode Island, such as passing a jobs bill."
"Social Security was advocated … in the 1930s as a way of getting people to quit working, because they thought we were confined to a permanent scarcity of jobs in this country."
"We see a quarter-billion dollars in a pension fund that needs to be funded at $1.2 billion."
"If you have a union job, you're making on average $950 a week. If you have a non-union job, you're making $750 a week."
"The federal minimum wage is worth about 20 percent less than it was when Ronald Reagan" gave his first address to a joint session of Congress.
Monica Wehby and Jason Conger are "causing devastating consequences" for nearly 23,000 Oregonians looking for work.
"The largest enterprise in the world is the federal government of the United States of America"
"If you have a job in this country, (there's a) 97 percent chance that you're not going to be in poverty."
"Unemployment insurance kept more than 620,000 children out of poverty in 2012."
"There are many studies that indicate" that the longer people get unemployment insurance, "it provides some disincentive to work."
"A quarter of our workers make $18,000 per year."
Goodwill Industries International pays workers with disabilities wages as low as pennies per hour.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act "discriminates against Christian daycare, Christian parents, Christian business owners, and the rights of religious freedom."
Under President Obama’s health-care reforms, the premium for "an average plan for a family didn't go down by $2,500 per year, it's gone up about $2,500 per year."
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