PORTLAND -- Oregon U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley were in Portland Friday to push for an increase in the national minimum wage.
The senators visited Green Zebra Grocery to discuss the nation's growing income inequality.
“America only prospers when the middle class prospers, and we can start tackling the destructive income inequality eating away at our economy by raising the federal minimum wage," Merkley said. "It was great to visit Green Zebra Grocery today, who has an owner that clearly understands what working families are facing.”
“If increasing the minimum wage pulls one person or one family out of poverty, then we are all better for it,” Wyden added. “If increasing the minimum wage means that someone can live a more dignified life, then let’s get to it.”
They asked Congress to pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and increase it annually to reflect rises in the cost of living.
The act was introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) last March.
The national minimum wage is currently $7.25. Washington's minimum wage is $9.32. The minimum wage in Oregon is $9.10.