Congressman speaks against minimum wage increase

By Beau Ebenezer

May 3, 2014 Updated May 3, 2014 at 10:34 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A local congressman spoke out against increasing the minimum wage Saturday afternoon.

Just last week, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.

Republican Congressman Aaron Schock said this bill won't get the job done.

He used Illinois as an example, saying the state has increased the minimum wage four times in the last ten years.

Schock said there are now more people living in poverty than before.

"I don't think this is a solution to the high rate of unemployment," said Schock. "It is not a solution to getting more people out of poverty. We need to be asking the questions like what do we need to do in America to get people to hire more people."

It's unclear when Congress will take any action on the matter.