Religious leaders appeal for higher minimum wage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of religious leaders are urging Congress to raise the federal minimum wage.

The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday on the measure. It would gradually raise today's $7.25 hourly minimum to $10.10 over 30 months.

In a telephone news conference, the group Interfaith Worker Justice announced that a letter calling for passage of the legislation was signed by 350 religious leaders and more than 5,000 supporters and is being sent to members of Congress.

The Rev. James Perkins, vice president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, said the minimum wage should be increased because "the Bible commands us to treat the poor fairly, to not oppress the poor."

Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, said the Scriptures teach that "our society will be judged on how we treat the poor and the marginalized."

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