Skelton reminds workers that federal minimum wage increases July 24
By: Press Office of U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton
Congressman Ike Skelton
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 23, 2009) — Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) announced today that the federal minimum wage will increase from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour on July 24, 2009. In May 2007, the 110th Congress approved and President Bush signed into law H.R. 2206. This legislation contained a provision that raised the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour, in three steps, over a two-year period.
“In 2007, I supported legislation in Congress to increase the federal minimum wage. Boosting wages for America’s lowest-paid workers will increase the purchasing power of many families who are struggling to make ends meet. This action was long overdue and it has become especially critical during the current economic slump,” said Skelton.
Under H.R. 2206, the federal minimum wage increased from $5.15 to $5.85 on July 24, 2007; increased to $6.55 on July 24, 2008; and will increase to $7.25 on July 24, 2009. This legislation was the first act by Congress to increase the federal minimum wage in a decade.
Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) serves as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Congressman Skelton’s website is at http://www.house.gov/skelton.