In last November's elections, voters across America made their desire for change clear to Washington. People are demanding a new strategy in Iraq, improvement in our struggling health care and education systems, and a Congress that conducts business with honesty and integrity.
The 110th Congress is convening in January under new leadership. Democrats now hold a majority of the seats in both the House of Representatives and the United States Senate. As a member of the new majority party, it is my hope that the Democrats will meet the mandate handed down by voters last fall.
As a starting point, we must work cooperatively with individuals on both sides of the aisle. Then, in the first 100 hours of Congress, Democrats must keep to their word and push through an aggressive agenda that will get results for working families, young students and our elderly.
One of the first priorities of the new Congress is to help working families by increasing the minimum wage. Despite bipartisan support, a direct vote on the minimum wage was denied in the last Congress. Current legislation would raise the minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $7.25 per hour over two years. If passed, there are 135,000 Kentuckians who would directly benefit from this pay increase.