"I commend and strongly support President Obama's call for a $10 federal minimum wage. As a member of Congress and the House Democratic leadership, I helped lead the fight for the last increase in the minimum wage in 2007. The time has come to update this important protection for working families across the county. American men and women work extremely hard every day to provide opportunity for their children, and it is essential that we create an environment in which they can support their families and achieve their dreams. Everyone has a right to be fairly compensated for their work and I encourage all elected officials to step forward and support the President in this effort."