WASHINGTON (CBSMiami) – Senator Marco Rubio cast a controversial vote against the Violence Against Women Act Tuesday and followed that on Wednesday by telling CBS This Morning he doesn’t support having a minimum wage law.
“I don’t think a minimum wage law works,” Senator Rubio said. “I want people to make a lot more than $9. Nine dollars is not enough. The problem is that you can’t do that by mandating it in the minimum wage laws.”READ MORE: Road To Reopening: Miami-Dade, Broward Public Schools Planning 100% In-Person Instruction In The Fall
Rubio’s comments came after President Barack Obama said Tuesday in his annual State of the Union address that he wanted the minimum wage raised to $9 per hour. Rubio said instead he wants to create a pro-business environment that created “good-paying jobs,” according to huffingtonpost.com.READ MORE: Sens. Rubio, Scott Say It’s Too Soon To Weigh In On Gaetz's Future
By late Wednesday morning, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) had also come out against any increase in the minimum wage.
“When you raise the price of employment, guess what happens? You get less of it,” Boehner said. “At a time when Americans are still asking the question ‘Where are the Jobs?’ why would we want to make it harder for small employees to hire people.”MORE NEWS: 'Alcohol To Go' On Move In Florida House
Currently, the minimum wage is set at $7.25 per hour and yields a yearly salary for a full-time worker $14,500 per year. The total salary is well below the cost of living and below the poverty line for a family. Obama suggested in addition to an increase to index the minimum wage to inflation.