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  • Greg Cannon
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060729/bs_nm/congress_wage_taxes_dc House vote raises minimum wage By Richard Cowan and Donna Smith 1 hour, 39 minutes ago
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 29, 2006
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      House vote raises minimum wage

      By Richard Cowan and Donna Smith 1 hour, 39 minutes
      ago

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives
      voted on Saturday to give some of the lowest-paid
      American workers their first raise in nearly a decade,
      while also handing a big tax cut to some of the
      wealthiest.

      The House in the early hours voted 230-180 to raise
      the $5.15-per-hour minimum wage in three 70-cent steps
      until it reaches $7.25 in mid-2009.

      During a bitter floor debate, Rep. Phil English, a
      Pennsylvania Republican, said most Democrats'
      opposition to the bill showed "they've always liked
      the politics of the minimum wage and cared little for
      the policy of the minimum wage."

      But Democrats shot back that Republicans had staged an
      election-year stunt to get a minimum wage vote knowing
      the Senate won't go along because of opposition there
      to the estate tax cut. And some senators are opposed
      to any minimum wage hike.

      Before this election year, Rep. George Miller (news,
      bio, voting record), a California Democrat said, "You
      never raised a finger to help these individuals"
      getting paid the minimum wage.

      Coming shortly before the House was to start a
      five-week summer break that will give members time to
      campaign for re-election, the legislation also would
      cut estate taxes, derided by Republicans as a "death
      tax," and extend several other popular tax cuts. Its
      estimated cost was about $310 billion over 10 years.

      The package is likely to be debated next week in the
      Senate, where its fate was unclear. Efforts to roll
      back estate taxes failed in the Senate in June. Such a
      cut is a high priority for Republican leaders ahead of
      the November congressional elections when Democrats
      hope to make big gains.

      REPEATED REJECTION

      Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada noted
      the Senate has "rejected fiscally irresponsible estate
      tax giveaways before and will reject them again."

      The estate tax cut is estimated to help less than 1
      percent of American families at a time of skyrocketing
      federal debt.

      "Workers at the lowest end of the scale are being held
      hostage to 7,500 families," said Rep. Steny Hoyer
      (news, bio, voting record) of Maryland, the
      second-ranking Democrat in the House, who wanted a
      minimum wage increase bill without the estate tax cut.

      Those 7,500 families are the number of wealthy
      families that would benefit from the estate tax cut.
      By contrast, some seven million workers would benefit
      from the increase in the minimum wage.

      Republicans argue cutting estate taxes helps small
      businesses and farmers.

      The bill also would renew for two years expired tax
      breaks for education, research, college tuition and
      other popular items.

      For several years, Republicans controlling Congress
      have blocked an increase in the minimum wage, claiming
      it would backfire by causing employers to hire fewer
      entry-level workers.

      But Democrats stepped up pressure this year for the
      increase, arguing high gasoline and heating prices
      were making it harder for the working poor to survive
      while working at wages frozen since 1997.

      They were joined by dozens of moderate Republicans in
      the House who, facing tough re-elections in November,
      challenged their leaders and demanded a minimum wage
      vote before breaking for the summer.

      Recent polls have shown broad discontent with the
      Republican-led House and Senate. Democrats, hoping to
      win control of Congress, have tried to portray an
      out-of-touch Republican Party that has agreed to
      nearly $35,000 in pay raises for members of Congress
      over the past decade while refusing to increase the
      pay for low-wage jobs.

      White House spokesman Tony Snow, asked about
      President George W. Bush's position on the minimum
      wage, told reporters on Friday, "We are for minimum
      wage increases if they do not jeopardize the ability
      of small businesses to create jobs."
    • Randal Brown
      Its about time they raise minimum wage. It is most defintely long overdue. The cost of living has risen, but the wages haven t. I do not presume to understand
      Message 2 of 2 , Jul 29, 2006
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        Its about time they raise minimum wage. It is most defintely long overdue. The cost of living has risen, but the wages haven't.  I do not presume to understand everything about the economy, but that doesn't necessarily make a balanced budget.

        Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...> wrote:
        http://news. yahoo.com/ s/nm/20060729/ bs_nm/congress_ wage_taxes_ dc

        House vote raises minimum wage

        By Richard Cowan and Donna Smith 1 hour, 39 minutes
        ago

        WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives
        voted on Saturday to give some of the lowest-paid
        American workers their first raise in nearly a decade,
        while also handing a big tax cut to some of the
        wealthiest.

        The House in the early hours voted 230-180 to raise
        the $5.15-per-hour minimum wage in three 70-cent steps
        until it reaches $7.25 in mid-2009.

        During a bitter floor debate, Rep. Phil English, a
        Pennsylvania Republican, said most Democrats'
        opposition to the bill showed "they've always liked
        the politics of the minimum wage and cared little for
        the policy of the minimum wage."

        But Democrats shot back that Republicans had staged an
        election-year stunt to get a minimum wage vote knowing
        the Senate won't go along because of opposition there
        to the estate tax cut. And some senators are opposed
        to any minimum wage hike.

        Before this election year, Rep. George Miller (news,
        bio, voting record), a California Democrat said, "You
        never raised a finger to help these individuals"
        getting paid the minimum wage.

        Coming shortly before the House was to start a
        five-week summer break that will give members time to
        campaign for re-election, the legislation also would
        cut estate taxes, derided by Republicans as a "death
        tax," and extend several other popular tax cuts. Its
        estimated cost was about $310 billion over 10 years.

        The package is likely to be debated next week in the
        Senate, where its fate was unclear. Efforts to roll
        back estate taxes failed in the Senate in June. Such a
        cut is a high priority for Republican leaders ahead of
        the November congressional elections when Democrats
        hope to make big gains.

        REPEATED REJECTION

        Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada noted
        the Senate has "rejected fiscally irresponsible estate
        tax giveaways before and will reject them again."

        The estate tax cut is estimated to help less than 1
        percent of American families at a time of skyrocketing
        federal debt.

        "Workers at the lowest end of the scale are being held
        hostage to 7,500 families," said Rep. Steny Hoyer
        (news, bio, voting record) of Maryland, the
        second-ranking Democrat in the House, who wanted a
        minimum wage increase bill without the estate tax cut.

        Those 7,500 families are the number of wealthy
        families that would benefit from the estate tax cut.
        By contrast, some seven million workers would benefit
        from the increase in the minimum wage.

        Republicans argue cutting estate taxes helps small
        businesses and farmers.

        The bill also would renew for two years expired tax
        breaks for education, research, college tuition and
        other popular items.

        For several years, Republicans controlling Congress
        have blocked an increase in the minimum wage, claiming
        it would backfire by causing employers to hire fewer
        entry-level workers.

        But Democrats stepped up pressure this year for the
        increase, arguing high gasoline and heating prices
        were making it harder for the working poor to survive
        while working at wages frozen since 1997.

        They were joined by dozens of moderate Republicans in
        the House who, facing tough re-elections in November,
        challenged their leaders and demanded a minimum wage
        vote before breaking for the summer.

        Recent polls have shown broad discontent with the
        Republican-led House and Senate. Democrats, hoping to
        win control of Congress, have tried to portray an
        out-of-touch Republican Party that has agreed to
        nearly $35,000 in pay raises for members of Congress
        over the past decade while refusing to increase the
        pay for low-wage jobs.

        White House spokesman Tony Snow, asked about
        President George W. Bush's position on the minimum
        wage, told reporters on Friday, "We are for minimum
        wage increases if they do not jeopardize the ability
        of small businesses to create jobs."


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