LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- A bus rolled into town Monday carrying demonstrators to advocate minimum wage increases. When it arrived, Southern Nevada politicians were ready.
"It's time to do the right thing and increase the minimum wage and America deserves a raise," said Congressman Steven Horsford at the rally.
The focus is on House of Representatives bill 1010, named after the wage amount per hour many Congressional representatives are hoping will pass.
"We deserve a higher wage," said fast food worker Dalven McClain, who works two jobs, including one at McDonald's where he's making $8.79 an hour. He says it's not enough, and he's exhausted from juggling two jobs. He wants his wage to increase.
"I've had to keep up two jobs just to stay afloat, so it would free up my time. I'm still relatively young, I can have a life too, and you know just be able to work one job," McClain said.
Horsford is a co-sponsor of HR1010.
"This is really about fairness. No one can live on $7.25 an hour. It's $14,500 a year. It's why we have so many people relying on social programs," Horsford said.
He says if minimum wage is raised, many Americans will be less reliant on social programs.
The Culinary Academy hosted a closed-door round-table discussion with labor leaders, including Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland as guest. Hoyer also supports raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10. He says his reasons are based on inflation.
"We have filed a discharge petition so we can put the minimum wage on the floor. It is outrageous, in the richest country on the face of the earth, that the people at the bottom rung of the ladder are making forty percent less than they made in 1968," Hoyer said.
And Horsford says giving people more money means they will spend more money, which boosts the economy and stimulates hiring.
Minimum wage for most Nevadans is $8.25 an hour, one dollar more than the federal mandate.
Meanwhile, this "Give America A Raise" bus tour is headed to Arizona. By the end of this week it plans to make 8 stops in 8 states.