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Rep. C.W. Bill Young on minimum wage hike: 'Get a Job'

4:05 PM, Jul 6, 2012   |    comments
Rep. CW Bill Young (left) tells a man to "get a job" after being asked about raising the minimum wage.
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A video showing Rep. CW Bill Young's response to a question about raising the minimum wage is going viral online.

In it, a man asks the Florida Republican if he would support legislation to increase the federal minimum wage to $10 an hour. Currently, Florida's minimum wage is $7.67, slightly higher than the federal level of $7.25.

Scroll down to watch the video.

Congressman Young's response: "Probably not. How about getting a job?"

The man responds by saying he has a job that earns him $8.50 an hour.

"Well, why do you want that benefit?" Young asks him, before again saying, "Get a job."

The brief exchange between the two is now making waves online, with many bloggers and websites critical of the Congressman's remarks.

Democrat Jessica Ehrlich, who is running against Young in the November elections, tells the Huffington Post, "His comments are a stark reminder of the sad fact that he lost touch with middle class folks years ago."

Congressman Young has represented Florida's 10th district, which makes up most of Pinellas County, since he was first elected in 1971.

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