Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1996

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Author: William J. Clinton  | Date: May 22, 1996

Statement on the Minimum Wage,
May 22, 1996

An increase in the minimum wage would honor our values: work, family, responsibility, and opportunity. You cannot raise a family on $4.25 an hour. Over the years, both parties have worked together to ensure that the minimum wage keeps up with the cost of living. To continue that commitment to working families, I have challenged Congress to raise the minimum wage by 90 cents. It is clear that a bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives stands ready to pass this increase.

But the House leadership is today proposing a giant fraud on the American people. Their legislation will eliminate the minimum wage for all workers hired by fully two-thirds of American businesses. I hope Senator Dole will join me in opposing this extreme measure. We must not tolerate sweatshops and a repeal of wage protections for millions of Americans as a condition of assuring a living wage for some workers.

Let me be clear: Eliminating the minimum wage is no way to raise it. If Congress sends me a bill to eliminate the minimum wage and wage protection for millions of workers, I will veto it. Speaker Gingrich and majority leader Dole should allow an honest up-or-down vote on the minimum wage.

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Chicago: William J. Clinton, "Statement on the Minimum Wage, May 22, 1996," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1996 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, May 24, 1996 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996), 32:2543 Original Sources, accessed October 5, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3TG1JBH1DNLTRQZ.

MLA: Clinton, William J. "Statement on the Minimum Wage, May 22, 1996." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1996, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, May 24, 1996 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996), 32:2543, Original Sources. 5 Oct. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3TG1JBH1DNLTRQZ.

Harvard: Clinton, WJ, 'Statement on the Minimum Wage, May 22, 1996' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1996. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, May 24, 1996 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996), 32:2543. Original Sources, retrieved 5 October 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3TG1JBH1DNLTRQZ.