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  • 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 1 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

      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

      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.


      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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