The American people see the minimum wage bill for what it is - a blatant political trick to make voters think Republicans like Chris Shays actually care about them and their ability to make a living. If Chris and the rest of the Republican leadership really cared about enacting a fair and equitable minimum wage, they would have had an up or down vote on just that measure - but Congressman Shays refused to allow even that. Instead he joined the rest of his party to pass a minimum wage bill he knew would never pass the Senate and therefore not be enacted.

I support an up or down vote on a minimum wage increase, which is long overdue for hard-working Americans.