January 25, 2007 | United States Senate chamber

Senator Kennedy on Raising the Minimum Wage

“$240 billion in tax breaks for corporations, $36 billion in tax breaks for small businesses, increase in productivity—42% over the last ten years. But do you think there is any increase in the minimum wage? No. Five days in the United States Senate, we’ve considered immigration issues, as we have now. We’ve considered social security issues. We have considered health issues. We are considering education issues.

Do we hear from the other side a willingness, as this side is at this moment? What is the price, we ask the other side? What is the price that you want from these working men and women? What cost? How much more do we have to give to the private sector and to business? How many billion dollars more are you asking, are you requiring? When does the greed stop?”

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