Congressman Al Green’s original Living American Wage Act included in Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Pathways Out of Poverty Act
By Jo-Carolyn Goode
Special to the NNPA from the Houston Style MagazineWASHINGTON, D.C.—On July 31, Congressman Al Green’s original Living American Wage Act (LAW) of 2014 was reintroduced as a part of Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Pathways Out of Poverty Act. Congressman Al Green’s original LAW Act would require the federal minimum wage to be adjusted every four years such that a person working full-time may earn an annual income at least 15 percent higher than the federal poverty threshold for a family of four. Under current poverty guidelines, this legislation would cause the national minimum wage to be increased from $7.25 to approximately $13 per hour. Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Pathways Out of Poverty Act is a compilation of legislation aimed at combating poverty and strengthening proven anti-poverty programs. Congresswoman Lee’s bill also includes, among other provisions, an expansion of early childhood education; expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit; extension of emergency unemployment compensation program; investments in job training for youth and adults; measures to end discrimination against the long-term unemployed; improvements to the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program; and restoration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cuts. “I proudly support Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Pathways Out of Poverty Act, which aims to alleviate poverty in our nation. We have 47 million Americans living in poverty, separated from the opportunities of this country,” Congressman Al Green said. “We must address this issue, such that a full-time, minimum-wage worker caring for a family can earn a living wage allowing government assistance for those with greater needs. Working families should not needlessly struggle in the greatest country in the world. Many do. No one should work full-time and live below the poverty-line. Many do. It is time to ‘raise the wage.’” For more information, visit algreen.house.gov/.