I heard from constituents from all across my district and they overwhelmingly supported raising the federal minimum wage. I would have preferred the bill include measures to assist small businesses, like the ability to join into Small Business Association Health Plans, but the people in my district wanted an increase and I supported the measure. I voted for the increase in the 109th Congress and I voted for it again in the 110th Congress.
The Republican proposal that failed, but for which I voted (the WAGE Act of 2007), encouraged small businesses to offer health coverage to their workers. I am hopeful the Senate will add Small Business Association Health Plans before the bill becomes law.
The United States should not have to seek permission from anyone, especially the United Nations, when it comes to the security and safety of our country. I will not support legislation that requires the United States to gain approval from anyone when it comes to Homeland Security.
Congressman Ted Poe
505 Orleans Street, Suite 100
Beaumont, Texas 77701
The phone number and fax number remain the same. I am very proud of the move to downtown Beaumont. Our office is committed to downtown revitalization and being more accessible to people throughout Jefferson County.