Word is that the Senate will begin voting on S. 460, the Fair Minimum Wage Act, today. The Fair Minimum Wage Act would raise the minimum wage gradually from $7.25/hour to $10.10/hour, and index the rate to inflation thereafter; the bill would also hike the minimum wage for tipped workers to 70% of everyone else's minimum wage, and index that rate to inflation thereafter, as well. The Fair Minimum Wage Act would not "kill jobs" (if that were true, Australia wouldn't have a much lower unemployment rate than we do with their $15/hour minimum wage), nor would it "hurt small businesses" (which benefit the most from local workers having more money to spend), though it would compromise the ability of CEOs to redistribute even more wealth upward to themselves. And do not brook any nonsense from your Senators about how the economy's too bad to raise the minimum wage right now, six years into Our Ongoing Economic Armageddon; people who only want to protect their corporate paymasters will use any excuse. Both Moms Rising and NETWORK, the national Catholic social justice lobby, help you tell your Senators to vote for the Fair Minimum Wage Act.
Meanwhile, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell Congress to reject the bill that would kill genetically-modified labeling initiatives all over America, then Food and Water Watch still helps you do that. The bill in question, as you may recall, is H.R. 4432, the laughably-titled Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which (among other things!) would allow corporations to slap the "natural" label on their Frankenfoods and would prevent states and municipalities from passing GMO-labeling bills of their own. Oh, the bill would graciously allow corporations to voluntarily label their Frankenfoods, but which of them will do that? None of them will do that, which we know because we already have a voluntary food-labeling system using four- and five-digit product codes, and no one is labeling their GMO foods with the five-digit code. Would it be piling on to note that in "allowing" "voluntary" labeling, the bill would duplicate something the private sector is already doing, thus making our federal government bigger and less efficient? Let me think about that for a second. OK, second's up: no, it would not be piling on. Hey, they're the ones who call themselves conservatives.