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Democrats Deny Small Businesses Protection from Forced Wage Hike

Today, House Republicans offered a Motion to Recommit to protect small businesses across America from the Democrats’ radical and unprecedented legislation to raise the minimum wage by 107 percent.

Rep. Dan Meuser (R-PA), who offered the Motion to Recommit, said on the House floor: “Mr. Speaker, I am here to offer a Motion to Recommit that is about small business survival. It is about protecting the 8 million minority-owned small businesses, the 9.9 million woman-owned small businesses, and the 2.5 million veteran-owned small businesses around the country from the devastating repercussions of H.R. 582.

“With this Motion to Recommit, employers with fewer than 10 employees or annual sales under $1,000,000 will not be forced to implement a $15 per hour minimum wage. If this amendment is adopted, mom and pop shops across the country will be protected from this bill’s extreme and unnecessary one-size-fits-all Washington mandate. 

“Small businesses employ almost half of all U.S. employees and account for two-thirds of net new jobs. 99.9% of U.S. businesses are small.

“We know small businesses and their employees are the most vulnerable to this radical and unprecedented increase in the federal minimum wage…

“Yet, my Democrat colleagues have done nothing to protect these job creators from a 107 percent minimum wage hike.”

NOTE: A Motion to Recommit provides Members of Congress with one last chance to amend a bill before it gets a final vote on the floor of the House. Click HERE to watch Rep. Meuser's floor remarks.