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house Bill H.R. 2617

Delaying a Minimum Wage Increase in American Samoa

Argument in favor

American Samoa's delegate has asked for more time to determine its own minimum wage, so the federal government should give them that time and not mandate an increase.

Chief's Opinion
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09/29/2015
Minimum wage increases are just another progressive scam. Their "good" intentions result in higher prices for everyone, low income employees being fired and others getting reduced hours. The biggest argument they have is to say that you can't raise a family of 4 on minimum wage. News flash for Democratic morons: you are NOT supposed to support a family on minimum wages. Minimum wage jobs are designed to be temporary employment for those with no work experience and/or job skills (like teenagers). You do it for a couple of years, gain experience and get a better job. The truth is that Democrats want the poor to stay poor. That way they can ride in on their rainbow horse claiming to have the solutions to the poverty they perpetuate. Tada! Instant voting block.
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jrs333's Opinion
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10/06/2015
These delegate should have their request honored. How would you feel if you were in their position and were ignored.
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04/13/2016
I'm sure those workers have long hours & the cost of living is not accommodating to their wage. The reason why many companies are there is for the low wage for workers. I'd like to know the pay of management around there. Enough of the slave labor, if people are willing to work then let the work enable them not to just exist to come back the next day and do it all again for peanuts.
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Argument opposed

The minimum wage increase should go ahead as scheduled, if American Samoa wanted to change it in advance they should have already.

operaman's Opinion
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09/28/2015
I would expect America Samoa government's officials know best. All they have to do is observe how Seattle's $15.00/Hr has caused increased unemployment and increases small business failures.
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Kaleo's Opinion
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05/09/2016
I think that since we don't give American Samoans citizenship, we could increase their minimum wage.
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Lyric's Opinion
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02/09/2017
Minimum wage increases, where they have been elected, have been good for the economy. Please do not delay in minimum wage increase.
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  • EnactedOctober 7th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed September 30th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed September 28th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
    IntroducedJune 2nd, 2015

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    Minimum wage increases are just another progressive scam. Their "good" intentions result in higher prices for everyone, low income employees being fired and others getting reduced hours. The biggest argument they have is to say that you can't raise a family of 4 on minimum wage. News flash for Democratic morons: you are NOT supposed to support a family on minimum wages. Minimum wage jobs are designed to be temporary employment for those with no work experience and/or job skills (like teenagers). You do it for a couple of years, gain experience and get a better job. The truth is that Democrats want the poor to stay poor. That way they can ride in on their rainbow horse claiming to have the solutions to the poverty they perpetuate. Tada! Instant voting block.
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    I would expect America Samoa government's officials know best. All they have to do is observe how Seattle's $15.00/Hr has caused increased unemployment and increases small business failures.
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    For those saying that minimum wage was not designed to be a living wage: From Cornel University: "The purpose of the minimum wage was to stabilize the post-depression economy and protect the workers in the labor force. The minimum wage was designed to create a minimum standard of living to protect the health and well-being of employees." Source: https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/minimum_wage
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    Come on y'all it's only 50 cents
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    The People of the American territories suffer enough as it is. Some don't even receive citizenship and almost all are left stuck in a hopeless financial situation. Don't make it worse!
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    These delegate should have their request honored. How would you feel if you were in their position and were ignored.
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    I think that since we don't give American Samoans citizenship, we could increase their minimum wage.
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    Minimum wage increases, where they have been elected, have been good for the economy. Please do not delay in minimum wage increase.
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    I can't imagine any decent reason for not paying people a living wage. Perhaps we should see who financially benefits by putting this off. I bet it isn't any of the affected workers!
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    I'm sure those workers have long hours & the cost of living is not accommodating to their wage. The reason why many companies are there is for the low wage for workers. I'd like to know the pay of management around there. Enough of the slave labor, if people are willing to work then let the work enable them not to just exist to come back the next day and do it all again for peanuts.
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    The people here who are saying that raising the wages will hurt the economy clearly haven't done there homework to see how ridiculously low the minimum wage in American Samoa even when compared to the already low Federal Minimum wage.
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    Greed from corporations must be stopped. Minimum wage is below what it needs to be.
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    These people made their own decision, we should honor their right to self determination.
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    America Samoa should be allowed to make their own decisions. It's ridiculous that this day and age that these "territories" aren't states and their people are denied citizenship and the right to vote. It's not right that we allow this to happen to them. https://youtu.be/CesHr99ezWE
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    If they need more time, let them have it.
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    Higher minimum wage create more unemployment and more automation. Young people will also have greater trouble entering the job market. If anything, the minimum wage should be lowered, NOT raised.
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    The lower the minimum wage, the better for the people. This is a lesser of two evils
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    No. Why Shouldn't they get a quality of life improvement?
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    Minimum wage is a sham.
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    Given that this issue only affects American Samoa we should honor the request of the individual designated to represent them.
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