Sorry Charlie, Nancy Lied About Including American Samoa In The Minimum Wage

Oh, Nancy, Nancy, Nancy. What a tangled fishing net we weave when first we practice to deceive — on the minimum wage.

“The Democrat-controlled Senate took up a bill yesterday that would raise the minimum wage across the United States and its territories but exempt American Samoa, where tuna canneries pay workers $3.26 an hour.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters less than two weeks ago that she would close the loophole after coming under criticism from Republicans for what they termed a “fishy favor” to StarKist Tuna. StarKist has lobbied for years against raising the minimum wage in American Samoa, and its parent, Del Monte Corp., is based in Mrs. Pelosi’s San Francisco district.

“I have asked the education and labor committee as they go forward with the legislation to make sure that all of the territories have to comply with U.S. law on the minimum wage,” Mrs. Pelosi said earlier this month.

The House, however, passed the minimum-wage bill with the American Samoa exemption.

…Delegate Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, a nonvoting Democrat representing American Samoa, opposes extending the minimum wage to that territory.

A “decrease in production or departure of one or both of the two canneries in American Samoa could devastate the local economy, resulting in massive layoffs and insurmountable financial difficulties,” he said, echoing the arguments of conservatives against applying the wage to poorer regions of the U.S.”

Boy, Grandma Pelosi isn’t setting much of an example for all those grandkids by lying through her teeth like that, is she? Right now, one those adorable kids is probably sitting around playing with a toy truck and saying, “I’m going to be a big liar one day, so I can be successful like Grandma Nancy!”

Come on, Nancy, start telling the truth about why you lied about including American Samoa in the bill. Do it for….THE CHILDREN!

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