Jeb Bradley Votes Against Working Families

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jean Weinberg

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REP JEB BRADLEY VOTES AGAINST WORKING FAMILIES

YEARLY CONGRESSIONAL SALARY $165, 200

YEARLY SALARY ON MINIMUM WAGE $10,700

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JIM CRAIG

SUPPORTS WORKING FAMILIES AND ECONOMIC SECURITY

SERVES AS CITIZEN LEADER FOR $100 PER YEAR

(July 31, 2006)—Today Congressional Candidate Jim Craig blasted Jeb Bradley (NH-01) for voting against New Hampshire’s working families and their economic security. On Friday Jeb Bradley voted against HR 5970, which would increase the minimum wage $2.10, from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour over two years. The yearly salary for an individual earning minimum wage is $10,700 working 40 hours per week. The minimum wage has not been raised since 1997 and the buying power of the minimum wage is at its lowest level in 50 years. In contrast, Members of Congress make $165,200 and are due for a $3,300 pay increase this year. This year they have been in session for 77 days.

“I am angry and ashamed that Jeb Bradley cast a vote against New Hampshire families,” said Jim. “Whether he’s voting against the minimum wage, cutting veteran’s benefits, or trying to privatize social security, Jeb has proven he just doesn’t understand the real needs of our families. Time and again, he puts his own political interest ahead of New Hampshire families.”

As New Hampshire State House Democratic Leader Jim Craig voted consistently in support of working families and led the way to increase the minimum wage several times during his tenure in the State House. [See below for Jim’s Voting Record on Minimum Wage in the State House]

In 2005, an average Chief Executive Officer (CEO) was paid 821 times as much as a minimum wage earner, who earns just $5.15 per hour. An average CEO earns more before lunchtime on the very first day of work in the year than a minimum wage worker earns all year. [Economic Policy Institute, www.epinet.org]

Jim Craig, candidate for Congress in New Hampshire’s First District, is a lifelong resident of New Hampshire and his roots in the Granite State stretch for five generations. As a veteran of the US Army, he worked for his law degree with the help from the GI Bill and joined his family's law practice. For over 20 years, he has promoted the health and well-being of families by serving on non-profit community boards. He was elected to the New Hampshire State House in 1998 and now serves as Democratic Leader. While in Concord, he worked tirelessly to create bipartisan, practical solutions for the state. As leader, he created a labor caucus that addresses working families' concerns.

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Jim Craig’s Record on Increasing Minimum Wage

Ø Voted FOR HB 665, to raise the state's minimum wage by $1.00. Passed the House, killed by the Senate. (04/06/05)

Ø Voted against killing HB 1278, which would have raised the minimum wage by $1.50 over two years. The bill was killed (voted ITL) by a single vote. (03/11/04)

Ø Voted against killing HB 469, which would have raised the minimum wage by $1.00. The bill was killed (ITL'd) on 04/26/01.

Ø Voted for HB 1475, which with an amendment would have raised the minimum wage by $1.00. The bill was killed on 03/30/00.

Jeb Bradley’s Voting Record Against Increasing the Minimum Wage in Congress

Ø Jeb Bradley Against the Minimum Wage Increase. House Republicans passed a minimum wage increase that would also permanently cut the estate tax for some very wealthy estates and invalidate state laws providing a minimum wage for restaurant and other tipped employees. The bill would increase the minimum wage $2.10, from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour over two years; permanently cut the federal estate tax for estate worth up to $5 million per person and $10 million per couple; extend tax provisions like the R&D tax credit, the education tax deduction to help students go to college, tax deductions for teacher’s classroom expenses and the deduction of state and local sales taxes; and reauthorize the Abandoned Mine Land Program for 15 years. [CQ Today, 7/29/06; Associated Press, 7/27/06; Leadership talking points, 7/28/06; HR 5970, Vote #425, 7/29/06]

Ø Jeb Bradley Opposed Efforts to Pass Minimum Wage Bill without Poison Pills. Most Republicans voted against a Democratic effort to pass the bill without the estate tax cuts, which the Senate has consistently opposed. The vote was on a motion that would have recommitted the bill to get a straight vote on the minimum wage increase and the tax cut extenders, without the poison pill estate tax provisions. [Leadership talking points, 7/28/06; Chicago Tribune, 7/29/06; Vote #424, 7/29/06]

Ø Jeb Bradley voted to kill a Democratic attempt to offer an increase the minimum wage during debate of the Estate Tax cut bill. The rule for debating the bill offered by the GOP leadership prohibited Democrats from offering the increase. When Democrats protested, Republicans voted to kill the Democratic attempt. The vote to kill the Democratic attempt passed 226-194, with 2 Democrats and 224 Republicans voting yes, while 193 Democrats, 0 Republicans, and 1 Independent voted no. [HR 5638, vote #308, 6/22/06; Leadership Document, “Democrats are Fighting for a New Direction, A Pay Raise for Millions of Americans,” 6/22/06]

Ø Jeb Bradley ruled the attempt out of order when Democrats, led by Rep. Rangel (D-NY) attempted to offer a minimum wage increase during debate of the Estate Tax cut bill . Democrats appealed the ruling and then Republicans voted to kill the appeal. The vote to kill the Democratic attempt passed 229-195, with 228 Republicans and 1 Democrat voting yes, and 194 Democrats and 1 Independent voting no. [HR 5638, vote #313, 6/22/06]

Ø Jeb Bradley voted to pass a rule for debating the FY 07 SSJC appropriations bill that barred a Democratic attempt to offer an amendment to increase the minimum wage. The rule passed 224-188, with 0 Democrats and 224 Republicans voting yes, while 186 Democrats, 1 Republican, and 1 Independent voted no. [HR 5672, vote #319, 6/27/06; Leadership Document, “Democrats are Fighting for a New Direction, A Pay Raise for Millions of Americans,” 6/27/06]

Ø Jeb Bradley voted to kill a Democratic attempt to offer an increase the minimum wage during debate of the internet gaming bill. The rule for debating the bill offered by the GOP leadership prohibited Democrats from offering the increase. When Democrats protested, Republicans voted to kill the Democratic attempt. The vote to kill the Democratic attempt passed 214-189, with 214 Republicans voting yes, while 186 Democrats, 2 Republicans, and 1 Independent voted no. [HR 4411, vote #360, 7/11/06]

Ø Jeb Bradley voted to kill a Democratic attempt to offer an increase the minimum wage during debate of the credit rating bill. The rule for debating the bill offered by the GOP leadership prohibited Democrats from offering the increase. When Democrats protested, Republicans voted to kill the Democratic attempt. The vote to kill the Democratic attempt passed 223-197, with 223 Republicans voting yes, while 195 Democrats, 1 Republican, and 1 Independent voted no. [HR 2990, vote #364, 7/12/06]

Jeb Bradley’s Record Against Increasing the Minimum Wage in the State House

Ø Jeb Bradley voted four times against raising the minimum wage from $5.15 to $5.65 on October 21, 2000 and $6.15 on October 1, 2001. (HB1475, #65, #66, #67, #68, 3/30/00).

Ø Jeb Bradley voted three times against raising the minimum wage from $5.15 to $5.65 on October 21, 2001 and $6.15 on October 1, 2002. (HB469, #92, 4/26/01; #117, #118, 5/17/01).