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6.27.2006

Dems push for minimum wage increase

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced today that the Democratic caucus will seek to block a Congressional pay raise until the minimum wage is raised.

"They can play all the games the want," Reid said derisively of the Republicans who control the chamber. "They can deal with gay marriage, estate tax, flag burning, all these issues and avoid issues like the prices of gasoline, sending your kid to college. But we're going to do everything to stop the congressional pay raise."

The minimum wage has been $5.15 since 1998.

3 Comments:

At 7/01/2006 08:40:00 PM, Blogger Internet Esquire said...

How do you respond to the position that an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit would be a much more effective and equitable method of helping the working poor than raising the minimum wage?

 
At 7/03/2006 06:38:00 PM, Blogger Scott said...

That certainly deserves consideration, and I don't see why both ideas couldn't be done.

The minimum wage isn't a be all end all. What it says is that as a nation, we've decided that a person should be paid at least that amount.

 
At 7/07/2006 01:26:00 PM, Blogger Peter Fli... said...

hey - that's pretty cool what they're doing. i wish all vp's and higher ups would have a similar "servant to the masses" attitude.

 

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