Saturday, July 29, 2006

House moves to approve minimum wage increase

Jill Zuckman
Chicago Tribune

WASHINGTON - Anxious to protect vulnerable Republicans facing voters in November, House GOP leaders gave the go-ahead for a vote early Saturday on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour.

But the leadership's decision to combine the legislation with a cut in estate taxes for millionaires sparked an outcry from Democrats, who complained it was a cynical strategy to ensure that the bill never becomes law. The Senate has consistently opposed House efforts to reduce inheritance taxes.

"Unfortunately, what they are bringing to the floor looks more like a political stunt than serious public policy," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., calling the bill a "sham" and "political cover" for "cowards" who refused to allow a vote solely on the minimum wage issue.

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Cycling through the old wedge-issue standbys obviously wasn't giving the GOP much momentum going into November. Now it's time to pull out the big guns and give money away... TO THE NON-RICH! Oh the agony.