Congressman Miller Expects Spotlight on Wage Gap During State of the Union

January 28, 2014 17:11 pm · 60 comments

Two weeks after announcing his retirement, U.S. Rep. George Miller said he hopes President Barack Obama will highlight two key pieces of legislation he introduced in the House of Representatives during tonight’s
State of the Union address.

Miller said today that the president is expected to renew his call to Congress to pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 in three stages as part of a key message about income inequality and the squeezing of America’s middle class.

The President has championed the bill, which Miller and Sen. Tom Harkin introduced last month, and is expected to issue an executive order to pay federal contractors such as janitors and construction workers at least
$10.10 per hour, according to the congressman.

He said Obama is also expected to tout the Strong Start for America’s Children Act tonight, which would implement the president’s plan to expand and improve early childhood education.

“Both of those are widely supported throughout the country on a bipartisan basis,” Miller said.

While the two bills have drawn wide bipartisan support, Miller noted that he has seen partisanship intensify sharply since he first took office 40 years ago.

“That’s all become more difficult, and as a result the Congress just isn’t meeting the challenges…that we should be addressing,” he said.

“The congress just has to work through this and get back to the issues of the nation, not the partisan fighting.”

Miller cited the influence of ultra-conservative Tea Party movement over the Republican Party as another significant trend that has marked Washington politics in recent years.

He said he thinks the Tea Party influence “has reached its zenith” as Republican leaders gain awareness of negative effects of extreme Tea Party politicians on the GOP.

Tonight’s State of the Union address is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

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1 I really don't care January 28, 2014 at 5:36 PM

what miller has to say. He is a bought and paid for politician. I gots me no time for that sort of creep.

2 Elwood January 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Miller’s bills will be encased in snowballs and thrown into Hell by a sick little old lady.

In addition to being a widely disliked member of the minority party, Miller is now a lame duck.

3 Anomymous January 28, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Wow every net work has said this for days. Watch DeSaulnier try to make a press release on this.

4 Atticus Thraxx January 28, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Every time I see his picture I am absolutely sure he had or has a “Free Mustache Rides” t-shirt. Seems like that kinda guy.
And isn’t he a millionaire too?

5 Jose January 28, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Leave it to George Miller to think that people earning ten bucks an hour are the “middle class”.

6 jets January 28, 2014 at 6:03 PM

who cares what miller thinks, he is a puppet and always has been
f- him

7 claycordian January 28, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Sure- raise the minimum wage – keep spending other people’s money like you’ve done for the past 40 years, George. Stand around while Obama circumvents the Constitution. This country is in trouble

8 Coffee Achiever January 28, 2014 at 6:10 PM

waaaaaahhhhh waaaaahhhhhh! Those bad rich people that worked hard and became successful need to give me money for being unmotivated and unwilling to go the extra mile!

9 Cy Nical January 28, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Would this be the wage gap between congress members and the rest of us?

10 irishill January 28, 2014 at 6:29 PM

It’s Robinhood taking what the rich has earned and giving it to the poor! Another word is NOT opportunity, but communism.

11 Schmee January 28, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Watching the state of the union now. When the cabinet came out it reminded me of the conveniently close in time Superbowl intro when the players walk out of the tunnel. This is like the Super Bowl of politics.

The Ceremony of American leadership superstardom if you will. I told my lady it reminded me of British royalty on TV the way CNN was covering it. Like any other celebrities nowadays.

And I’m 100% democrat.

Wages are the most important issue for our country in te short term in my humble opinion.

In the long term I believe it’s te environment including carbon emissions from coal power plants and not least regulation over the filthy polluting natural gas mining!

12 Anon January 28, 2014 at 6:40 PM

iMllers biggest achievement in all these years according to him is ObamaCare–shows what a failure he really is

13 Ted K., SuperMax January 28, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Wage gap? That’s another lie from the Democrats.

It’s the JOB GAP that is the issue and this administration is doing nothing about it except to put more and more Americans on the government teets in order to preserve their power.

14 Mr B January 28, 2014 at 6:54 PM

So they let almost all the good jobs get outsourced overseas, and the answer is raise the minimum wage on what jobs we have left so we are even less competitive.

Get ready for $8 french fry’s…

15 Refuse to watch state of the union January 28, 2014 at 6:58 PM

I need $10.10 an hour now just for health insurance.Thanks George,Thanks Obama.I refuse to watch this heartless dictator and his lame ass diatribe speeches anymore.Watching a 60 year old John Wayne movie will make me feel better than listening to this piece of crap we have for a president.

16 Tango Delta January 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Blame it on the Tea Party Republicans!
Obama said he was going to redistribute
the wealth. Who knew that what he meant
by that was that punks and thugs with baggy
pants and hoodies would have license to rob
and assault ordinary people.

17 anon January 28, 2014 at 7:03 PM

It was nice of the Network Broadcast Pool to take a nice camera view of Congressman George Miller standing and applauding President Obama. He has accomplished a great deal for Claycordians during his 40 years of service. Thank you, dear sir, for saving the Delta, the Smelt, the Salmon, feeding infants and their moms and mom-to-be, thank you for being a voice of reason and advocacy of those without power and most often overlooked and ignored.

18 . January 28, 2014 at 7:27 PM

And now DeSaulnier is running to replace miller. Both bought and paid for by the unions,…….

Useless pos.

19 Yhe Phantom January 28, 2014 at 7:31 PM

He got the spotlight he has deserved for forty years…few of you have any idea how many times he has changed our lives nationally.

The durable part of the United States is the career statesperson.

20 Schmee January 28, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Better then being bought and paid for by corporations.

Sooo many ignorant people in WC, Danville and Alamo.

I still laugh at the idiot who put the giant sign on their land on 680 saying “Obama here’s your pink slip” and then they lost. Hahahaha republicans are losers. And history will remember them as bigots, hypocrites and Sarah palin type regards.

Laugh out loud at anyone calling them self a Repiblican. Good luck losing again in 2016.

21 RANDOM TASK January 28, 2014 at 7:34 PM

minimum wage increase ……does anyone realize that because you want to get everything for little work is the reason why everything costs so much. What happened to working for living instead of …” yeah they gots to pay meh to show up yo and best be nice and kiss my behind or ill take em to court what ……keeps the check coming or I just go on unemployment for 6 years yo….peace” jobs are priced how they are priced if you don’t like the pay get another job that pays more if you can. go for it …the world needs custodians and fast food drivethrough window employees if you do not like the pay do another job …..someone will be behind you to do it and work their way up as you who are entitled to get yours now will be back doing the job you left as the guy who worked his butt off now is manager over you for a bit as he then becomes the owner then sells and opens his own place ……America has become the hand out country the place to go if you want to cry and whine and get money thrown at you if you vote for a certain party. Please jobs have different wages and skills all over or hey create a new job what ever but to blame everything else for not getting what you want…instead of going and working to get more. There are single women who work 2 or 3 jobs to pay for daycare and food and a roof. Busting their humps to make it work and then get to a point down the road where all that work pays off as the experience and work ethic get em a high paying job they love and they get what they want and appreciate it. Look in the mirror and ask who is to blame for not getting what you want

22 oldman January 28, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Nice to know moms would not be able to feed their children without Miller.

23 @poster 17 ( Millers intern) January 28, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Millers intern( poster 17) who thanks miller for saving the smelt doesn’t mention that Miller set up his son to make big bucks as a lobbyist. Doesn’t mention Miller never had a real job. Doesn’t mention Miller totally screwed up “no child left behind” and Obama care.
But we do have the smelt, whatever they are.

24 TinFoiler January 28, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Yawn! I’ll wait for the cliff notes version instead of sprinkling a speck of sugar on dung – That’s what you get out of the HATE of the Union Speech.
Lies, Lies, Lies

25 Laura Zah January 28, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Nowhere in that speech did Obama mention the inflation that will follow the minimum wage increase.

Q. How do you think employers will pay the increased wage?
A. They raise their prices on everything.

He didn’t say anything about the sales slump when prices go up and the dip in business causing the employer to lay people off either.
Nope, just a simple promise to give the poor workers more money for menial labor (and to make sure they keep voting for Democrats).

26 Elwood January 28, 2014 at 8:23 PM

“Thank you, dear sir, for saving the Delta, the Smelt, the Salmon,”

Oh, thank you, Gorgeous George!

Who knew that Gorgeous George could accomplish so much all by himself?

And he never let it go to his head. He hardly became a big a******e at all.

27 Anonymous January 28, 2014 at 8:45 PM

A previous poster mentioned that raising the minimum wage would not help the middle class, which is true. The point is this; The Dems used to pretend to care about the poor. That didn’t play well so they changed it to the middle class. Watch Pelosi ,who can’t say a sentence without throwing in “Midddle class” Miller is of the same ilk. It’s all smoke and mirrors.
But we have our smelt.

28 John January 28, 2014 at 8:59 PM

I watched (one of the) the Republican response. To sum it up, “You better pray to God, we won’t do anything to help.”

I have a 100% disabled veteran BIL. Miller has done more to help him than any Republican would ever think of doing. I’m sorry to see him go.

29 annon January 28, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Bush left us a 9 trillion dollar deficit, and everyone went tilt. Obama has now let it get to $17.3 trillion and no one says boo. What a joke we Democrats have become.

30 ClayDen January 28, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Why stop at $10 per hour? Lets just make it an even $100 per hour, so those lacking any significant skills can make about $200K per year. Of course dinner at McDonald’s will cost about $100 per person…………..

31 Rick January 28, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Back in 1914, Henry Ford would throw around nickels like manhole covers.
He finally buckled under and paid his workers the unheard of amount of


32 little peon citizen January 28, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Does anyone realize hardly any Doctors take Obamacare (California care) been trying to find one for a few weeks now… What a sad state we are in. (literally) Absolutely insane

33 Anonymous January 28, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Yes Rick, Ford did pay $5 a day.It was good pay then .


34 Anon January 28, 2014 at 9:54 PM

All the times he voted for illegal aliens, yup that changed the nation alright, for the worse.

Good riddens Miller, low life!

35 Anon January 28, 2014 at 9:55 PM

@annon #29

We can’t say anything against Husane, he’s black after all, the whites had all this coming. Just ask a bleeding heart libtard.

36 @little peon citizen January 28, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Bull. You are another fake poster. No one around here has trouble finding a doctor with insurance they’ve bought on the exchange. Kaiser was available on the exchange. I have Kaiser. It’s no problem to get an appointment.

37 fulubulu January 28, 2014 at 11:38 PM

“You lie!”

38 fulubulu January 28, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Edward Bernays, the nephew of Sigmond Freud, in 1928 wrote the book ‘Propaganda’. Buy it. It answers just about everything.

We eat bacon and eggs for breakfast because of Bernays.
Women smoke because of Bernays.
We entered WWI because of Bernays.

39 MDUSD Grad January 28, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Raising minimum wage is good. Now the franchise owner of subway has to pay his high school dropout employees more. Guess what he’ll do now with the higher employment costs? Here’s some options:

1) raise the price of his sandwiches that are bought by other middle-class people, raising their cost of living
2) have each employee work fewer hours (i.e, shorter business hours)
3) close up shop and put all the employees out of work

Yay for higher minimum wage! It’s so fair and solves everything for all the non-richies!

40 Noflow January 29, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Wage gap between men and women; does this mean that the women on Obama’s WH staff can expect a pay raise?

41 Really? January 29, 2014 at 7:51 AM

Increasing the minimum wage is a band-aid. How about created policies to create high paying jobs that can be filled by those working at minimum wage jobs? But, if I was working for a party, I’d say things to get myself/my people elected.

It should be called the STATEOFSCREWYOUALL address. FYI, I don’t care for either party, not a sheep to either one. I’d recommend it for everyone.

42 mike mac January 29, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Another tax on employers. Raise the minimum wage and the government gets a pay raise from the increase in taxes on the income.

43 hmm January 29, 2014 at 8:41 AM

@Tango Delta

I bet you think what you said isn’t even racist, huh?

44 . January 29, 2014 at 9:01 AM

@@little peon citizen #36….

You can say with certainty that “No one around here has trouble finding a doctor with insurance they’ve bought on the exchange”….?

I really don’t think you can speak for everyone.

45 . January 29, 2014 at 9:12 AM

@Rick #31…..


my, my, my…. another liberal takes to calling others names when they don’t agree with his self-inflated know-it-all ego.

Suppose you enlighten us with your (obviously) VAST experience and knowledge in all things pertaining to world-wide economy over the past 100 years. I’d also like to see the papers you’ve published and your CV. Gievn your (obviously) extensive background, I’m surprised you haven’t received the Nobel prize for economics…. at least several times.

Stick with what you know – if anything.

46 Anonymous January 29, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Anyone who thinks Obama care is cool should read Debra Saunders in the SF Chron today. Real people getting hurt.

47 Captain Bebops January 29, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Wow, Claycord must be a nest of wannabe yuppies (just like Walnut Creek) who suck up to the rich hoping they will pee money on them. That’s what’s known as “trickle down” but you’ll all just get pee’d on and no money.

The problem isn’t the wages aren’t enough but the cost of living is artificially too high brought to you by the Robber Barrons who want to make you all serfs and buy your properties for pennies on a dollar.

We need a pitchfork rebellion in the US just like Italy is having now. Otherwise you will indeed have folks which Phd’s sweeping floors at Walmart.

And I’m sure you all “work really, really hard for your money.” Such hokem!

48 The Professor January 29, 2014 at 9:36 AM

I think the best way to narrow the wage gap is for those who cry about the unfairness of it all (Obama, Miller, Pelosi, Waters, Waxman, Reid, et al) to simply take a paycut. A big one. You are all getting a minimum of $174,000 per year plus perks like travel, staff, healthcare and inside information. You are the freakin’ 1% that you supposedly hate. You vow to help the “little guy” at the expense of the “rich”. And the poor, stupid, ignorant saps eat it up and vote you in again to gorge at the trough for another term.

If folks like you would only accept the equivalent of minimum wage and then donate the rest of your pay to a true charity (and no, not something that you get kickbacks and favors from), then I might actually believe what you say and start listening.

Of course, under this scenario, congress would immediately make minimum wage $100 per hour so they could keep their fat cat status. Vote them all out!

49 MDUSD Grad January 29, 2014 at 10:26 AM

@Captain Bebops

Maybe they shouldn’t have wasted all that time and money getting a PhD in something useless like Comparative Historical Ideas.

50 @little peon citizen January 29, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Really? You’ve spent weeks trying to find a doctor who will take your “Obamacare (California Care)”? You’d have more credibility if there were a plan called “California Care”. So tell us, exactly which private insurance plan did you purchase on the Covered California exchange and which doctors did you call who refused to see you?

Methinks you are one of the regular right-wing, Obama-hating Claycord posters who uses fake name to post fake stories about Obamacare based on stories you’ve read on you favorite right-wing websites. The “California doctors boycotting Obamacare” myth originated in an article in the ultra right-wing “Washington Times”. The Los Angeles Times investigated the piece and found it to be total garbage. Read their article (“Another Obamacare Myth Exposed”) here:,0,1785658.story#axzz2nNPmEKTR

51 Trotsky January 29, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Wonderful Captain Bebops! Finally someone speaks up about the filthy capitalists sucking blood from the working class. Looks like you and Fiidel Castro are the onliest smart guys left.

Oops, forgot Mark DeSaulnier,add him to the list.

52 Awesome January 29, 2014 at 12:26 PM

@50 So your saying one set of news media writes the story one way and another set writes it differently? Wow, ever think that’s how they keep themselves in business. You read the left-wing ones and someone else read the right-wing ones. SHEEP!

53 Rick January 29, 2014 at 12:54 PM

#hmm. Not only am I a self-inflated, know-it-all Liberal, I’m dangerous. ; -)

54 The Mamba January 29, 2014 at 1:53 PM

I think part of the reason for all the partisanship is the way the news all comes to us through a filter. If they reported responsibly and without adding their own slant and filter and riling everyone up, congress could focus on the work at hand and get something done without every issue turning into a dual to the death. It cracks me up when people attack the Tea Party because the whole meaning of it has been hijacked. It has nothing to do with being ultra conservative, it’s only focus is to get government spending under control. How is that a bad thing?

55 Idiocracy January 29, 2014 at 2:05 PM

The whole system is a mess. All I see are lefties praising odumbo for doing “Nothing”. I see Repubs complaining but not side stepping the prez and openly displaying their plans. Hell even Ross Perot would be a better prez than Ospendo. What a Puppet show last night was! I want an Independent prez! Someone whos willing to kick out illegals (not fair for the people who came here the right way so you gotta go) and balance the budget, slap tariffs on companies that manufacture goods overseas that make it too expensive to build over in Asia. I want someone that’s gonna stop lobbying and career politicians and end our war on poverty and drugs and limit the war on terror. Im sick of all these Liars and im sick of all you traitors supporting unconstitutional leaders. Read the bill of rights…. One last thing screw the EPA in CA! Can’t even upgrade/mod our cars in this state ….

56 mutts January 29, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Stupid democrat alarmists. Wage gap is older than all of us. Voter fraud has to be the reason a lot of liberals are in office.

57 @mutts January 29, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Bush, FLA had voter fraud down to a science. Wakeup and realize there are more liberals than your way of thinking.

58 ClayDen January 29, 2014 at 4:19 PM

@Rick 53

Correct; all liberals are dangerous to America.

59 yup let the good old boys win January 29, 2014 at 5:41 PM

keep America like it used to be….women can’t vote/slaves and child labor sounds like the R design.

60 old concord January 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM

I have no problem with Mr. Miller . He had a heart for helping children and spent much of his time working for that cause . I’m hoping the new winner will also have such interests .

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