Federal Minimum Wage Update: House Combines Minimum Wage Increase to War Spending Bill

So when will the minimum wage bill finally be passed? The answer unfortunately remains uncertain but the House of Representatives is trying a new approach. This week, the House will discuss an emergency spending bill for the Iraq war. The emergency spending bill would pay for the war until October, but require U.S. troops to be out of Iraq by the end of August, 2008.

What does all this have to do with minimum wage? Well, in an attempt to gather the votes necessary to pass the emergency spending bill, the House has been adding lots of extras to the bill, including an amendment to increase the federal minimum wage. The amendment would increase the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour from $5.15 over two years and grant $1.3 billion in tax breaks for restaurants and other affected businesses.

This approach has been criticized by both Democrats and Republicans, and is not likely to succeed. However, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Don Stewart, spokesman for Senate republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, stated that, regardless of what happens to the Iraq spending bill, Congress would give final approval to the minimum wage increase bill before the spring is out.


Anonymous said...

wv govenor manchin passed a minimum wage to 5.85 but there is a catch. if you work in a place that has a credit card machine ,they don,t have to pay 5.85 ,which leaves out just about everyone who works for 5.15. i have been working for minimum wage for 15 yrsand i think that little catch is not fair.

Anonymous said...

All of this minimum wage stuff is confusing. Has there or has there not been a bill passed that increases the minimum wage? If so, what is the name/number of the bill?

G.Neil Blog Team said...

That's a great question, my anonymous great, I'm going to have one of the legal minds address it with a new post at the top. Watch for it!
- Helene Kopel, G.Neil Blog Queen


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