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Rep. Bill Young on Minimum Wage Hike: 'Get a Job'

The Republican congressman from Pinellas County's answer to a question about raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour has gone viral on YouTube.

A local Republican congressman's response to a question about the proposed minimum wage hike has gone viral on YouTube.

Rep. C.W. Bill Young, of Indian Shores, whose District 10 includes most of Pinellas County, was asked earlier this week by a constituent whether he supported the proposed increase.

The exchange, which was captured on video, was first highlighted by FLDemocracy and also reported by The Huffington Post:

"Jesse Jackson Jr. is passing a bill around to increase the minimum wage to 10 bucks an hour. Would you support that?" said the voter. 

"Probably not," replied Young, adding, "How about getting a job?"

The young man has a job, as he told the congressman: "I do have one." He said he makes $8.50 an hour.

"Well then, why do you want that benefit? Get a job," reiterated Young.

The YouTube video of the exchange had more than 25,000 views as of 8 a.m. Friday.

Florida's minimum wage pays $7.67 an hour, slightly above the federal level of $7.25, the Huffington Post reports.

"Rep. Jackson (D-Ill.) and 17 other House Democrats recently proposed legislation that would raise the federal minimum to $10 an hour," according to the news site.

Young's office did not return a Huffington Post request for comment.

michael sullivan July 06, 2012 at 07:04 PM
How interesting that we have a fired lifeguard that was making a bit over $8.00 an hour to possibly save lives. We are paying quite a bit for Mr. Youngs health insurance and benefits. The strongest UNION in America is the US Congress that can vote themselves any benefit they want.
Karena Bowers Morrison July 07, 2012 at 12:17 AM
The voters of District 13 have an opportunity to join in the challenge of a Congressman that has lost connection with the voters over the past 42 years in office. Darren Ayres toured the District for 24 hours straight on July 5th and spoke with residents from many different walks of life. He understands how vital it is that the voters of the district have an active representative that will take the time to listen to their concerns and actively work to develop solutions to the issues that Americans are having to focus on in their daily lives. Let's replace the career politicians with people that understand how this economy is affecting their families and who are willing to engage with the people whom they are elected to represent. DON'T FORGET TO VOTE ON AUGUST 14th for Darren Ayres. I'm gong to challenge the media reach out to all those that are working hard to provide the voters with choices on their ballot in the August primary. Let's hear from Darren Ayres!! http://darrenayresforcongress.com/
Red July 07, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Perhaps Mr.Bill thinks HE can live on min.wage. Maybe we can help him get another job. We all know B.W.'s not using the FREE health care bennies but pays his own way. .. ... right! Time for a change- -- --- him.
Al Criswell July 07, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Bill Young should be given a new job come November. "Welcome to Walmart" or "Would you like fries with that?" come to mind. He needs to get off the government teet and see how the other half lives.

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