Catching up to this so you'all may know about this...busy weekend...From The Wall Street Journal yesterday:
Democrats Move Ahead
On Minimum-Wage RiseBy DAVID ROGERS
April 21, 2007; Page A3
WASHINGTON -- House and Senate Democrats reached agreement on a $4.8 billion package of business tax breaks that the party hopes will clear the way for a $2.10-an-hour increase in the federal minimum wage.
The wage increase, the first in almost a decade, has been a signature issue for the Democratic majority and would raise the hourly rate to $7.25 over the next two years in three 70-cent increments.
Both the House and Senate approved the increase soon after Democrats took over Congress in January. But to the party's growing embarrassment, the bill has been stalled because of differences over the level of business tax breaks, first added by the Senate to get past a Republican filibuster.
But not clear that this goes anywhere because it's gotten wrapped up in the Iraq occupation spending bill.