D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says low wages are "huge unexposed issue."
Federal employees are enrolled in the federal health care plan, but not those employed by a contractor, which includes many government workers.
D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says many contractors are exploiting these low-wage workers across the District.
"This is a huge unexposed issue," she says.
Holmes Norton says conservatives should champion this cause, too because the government is picking up the tab for many of these workers anyway.
"Because the wage is so low, many of these workers who work in federal buildings will find themselves on Medicaid when they need healthcare, will find themselves in need of benefits from the federal government that private employers themselves give their own employees," she says.
Holmes Norton is calling on the Obama Administration to apply pressure on government contractors to increase wages and benefits for their low paid workers.