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Congressional Dems seek to raise minimum wage

Published: Tue, March 5, 2013 @ 3:45 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate Democrats want to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, more than a dollar higher than President Barack Obama proposed in his State of the Union address.

Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin and California Rep. George Miller say their bill, introduced today, would boost the minimum from its current rate of $7.25 an hour by 2015. It then calls for automatic annual increases tied to changes in the cost of living.

Obama's proposal last month called for an increase to $9 an hour, but Harkin says that doesn't go far enough.

The lawmakers say a hike in the minimum wage would help lift millions of workers out of poverty and boost the economy. But top Republicans have rejected the idea, saying it would hurt employers.


1Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

and captain obvious says prices on everything will rise at the same rate

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2redeye1(5615 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Unemployment will rise too. As companies cut back on employees , so they don't have to raise their prices too sharply to cover these NEW costs.

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3DSquared(1778 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

That's not enough to raise a family on. Heck, why not make it $20 or $25 bucks an hour? That would really lift them out of poverty!

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4JoeFromHubbard(1776 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

If these disillusioned liberals had any idea of how many jobs their wage proposal will kill they would quit politics.

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