Boxer Calls for Higher Minimum Wage at San Francisco Commonwealth Club Appearance

"We owe it to our working families," Boxer said. "Nobody who works full-time should have to raise her children in poverty."

Senator Boxer is pictured in March 2013.
Senator Boxer is pictured in March 2013.
By Bay City News Service: 

Sen. Barbara Boxer Wednesday visited San Francisco's Commonwealth Club, where she called on her colleagues in Congress to raise the federal minimum wage and to restore long-term unemployment benefits.

 Boxer, a Democrat serving her fourth six-year term in the Senate, decried the partisanship that she said has led to a stalemate over measures intended to help the working poor.

 "It has been a brutal time, but I believe unnecessarily so," she said in a speech to an overflow crowd at the Commonwealth Club's Market Street office. "Our federal government could have done so much more."

 Boxer said the decline of the country's middle class has led to dangerous levels of income inequality, citing a well-reported statistic that the 400 top-earning Americans have more wealth than the lowest-earning 150 million. She said raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to the $10.10 currently proposed would help the lowest-paid workers around the country.

"We owe it to our working families," Boxer said. "Nobody who works full-time should have to raise her children in poverty."

 Congress in December allowed federal long-term unemployment benefits to expire, affecting 1.2 million Americans -- including about 200,000 in California, Boxer said.

 "It makes no economic sense," she said. "Extending these benefits is the morally right thing to do."

 The senator read letters from constituents, including one in the East Bay city of Albany, who are struggling to make ends meet after losing their benefits while still looking for a job.

 In a question-and-answer session with the crowd following her speech, Boxer reiterated her support for comprehensive immigration reform, as well as green job creation and other policies to address global climate change.

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bruce k February 22, 2014 at 10:26 AM
Barbara Boxer apparently said: "We owe it to our working families," Boxer said. "Nobody who works full-time should have to raise her children in poverty." While I agree with that statement, I have to wonder why people who cannot afford kids have them, this is the real problem, and for multiple real reasons we are no closer to confronting this reality and discussing it than we were ... ever before. It simply never happens. Just to be Devil's advocate, we could clean up a lot of problems if we paid taxes, and then subsidized women NOT to have children until they got an education, and a good job. Yeah, the payoff period would take a while and it would be unfair to men, and might not work in some cases, but it's worth thinking about and confronting our Malthusian dilemma with increasing population and pollution and scarcity of resources.
Marc Parent February 22, 2014 at 02:13 PM
Sorry Lou, Just wanted to be clear about the CBO report.
carole mason February 22, 2014 at 04:51 PM
The war on poverty let me see how's that working out. Seems to be getting worse maybe we need someone else in there instead of babs.
bruce k February 26, 2014 at 12:33 PM
The war on poverty was "lost" by design. For an interesting explanation why you might go to the PBS Fresh Air website and do a search for Sargent Shriver retrospective and listen to the story. What they were doing to help people and train them for jobs and businesses worked, but when party bosses started to see less people dependent on them, and money coming from channels they did not approve of they killed the program.


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