Graham, Sanford Talk Minimum Wage & Unemployment

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce held Washington Night at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Columbia.

There's been a lot of talk in Washington about unemployment, raising the minimum wage and a host of other issues that affect our country.

Members from the South Carolina delegation talked about what needs to be done to make our state a better place to live and work.

"I am not going to vote to raise the minimum wage, because if you raise it to $10 an hour, one million people will lose their job. The minimum wage is not designed to raise a family of four its designed to get people into the workforce," said Senator Lindsey Graham.

Business owners and members from the community asked lawmakers about ways that they plan to make South Carolina a competitive state when it comes to bringing in more jobs and fixing our roads and bridges.

Those in attendance included Senator Lindsey Graham and 1st District Congressman Mark Sanford and 2nd District Congressman Joe Wilson.

"What has been talked about on the unemployment side is dead in the house and I would say the same thing with the minimum wage, it's been talked about but I don't think you will see movement in the house," said Congressman Mark Sanford.

"In terms of unemployment insurance, if you have been out of work for a year, I will gladly write you a check but you have to go into job retraining. If you have been out of work for a year, the job you left is obviously not coming back, so I want to tie unemployment with job retraining, that to me makes the most sense," said Graham.

All of our elected officials were invited. 6th District Congressman Jim Clyburn was not able to attend.


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