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July 31, 2006
House OKs Increase to Minimum Wage

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted 230 to 180 to approve an increase in the minimum wage.

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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.


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