I believe it is wrong for this Congress to allow citizens in the wealthiest nation in the world to work a full-time job and still live in poverty. Millions of working men and women, and their families, can ill-afford to wait for Washington partisan politics. It is far past time that Congress raise the minimum wage $2.10, from $5.15 to $7.25.

For me, this is not just a fiscal issue it is a moral issue. Since 1997 -- the last time Congress passed an increase in the minimum wage -- the price of gas has gone up, the price of food has gone up, rent has gone up, mortgage costs have gone up, the cost of college has gone up, the only thing that has not gone up is the minimum wage.

The reality is the minimum wage today is at lowest point in over 50 years.