A few days ago, Americans United for Change reported that the CEOs of the nation's top companies will earn in two hours and two minutes what minimum wage workers will earn over the course of an entire year.  A pay gap of this enormity contradicts the morals and values upon which our country was founded and is absolutely unacceptable in our nation today.

With the minimum wage frozen at $5.15 per hour for the past nine years and four months, it is becoming essentially impossible for minimum wage earners to provide for their families and meet their basic needs.  Yet, we continue to allow millions of Americans to be relegated to poverty because their earnings aren't keeping pace with their bills.

If you work hard and play by the rules, you should be able to get ahead in this land of opportunity and have a fair shot at living out the American Dream.  That is why raising the minimum wage is a key element of the Democrats "100 hours" agenda that we'll begin passing next week. Raising the minimum wage by $2.10 over the next two years enjoys broad bipartisan support, and I am hopeful that the Senate will join us by passing a clean minimum wage bill as well.