The U.S. House of Representatives has voted 230 to 180 to approve an increase in the minimum wage.
The measure would increase the minimum wage in three steps. The minimum wage would increase to $5.85 per hour in January 2007, $6.55 per hour in June 2008, and $7.25 per hour in June 2009.
The last increase in the federal minimum wage came in 1997, when it rose to $5.15 per hour.
In the Senate, the legislation faces hurdles. Many Democrats oppose the tax breaks to which the minimum-wage measure is attached. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans have opposed legislation that would increase the minimum wage, rejecting a measure as recently as June.