Jesse Jackson, Jr. advocates raising ‘below the poverty line’ federal minimum wage

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By Jordan Michael Smith

Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL), who earlier this week called for Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10, appeared on this Sunday’s edition of Melissa Harris-Perry to discuss the proposal.

“The $7.25 an hour is below the federal poverty line, so you have millions of Americans who working below the poverty line,” said Jackson. ”This is not welfare; these are people who are working hard and at the end of a hard day’s work can’t keep up with the Consumer Price Index.”

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Jesse Jackson, Jr. advocates raising 'below the poverty line' federal minimum wage

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