The Democrats are taking the recent Senate vote against raising the minimum wage and running with it. And why not? Polls show that 80 percent of Americans support raising the $5.15-an-hour federal minimum wage. According to Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., via ABC News’ The Note blog, since it was last increased in 1997, pay has gone up 73 percent for CEOs, 24 percent for members of Congress and 100 percent for the president. One idea of particular appeal for the average voter surely is the one newly pitched by Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. — to block a scheduled $3,300 increase in congressional pay unless Republicans agree to raise the minimum wage to $7.25.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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