Democratic-led House votes to raise minimum wage By Thomas Ferraro Reuters Wednesday, January 10, 2007; 5:57 PM WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade won passage in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday as newly empowered Democrats moved quickly to keep campaign promises. On a vote of 315-116, the Democratic-led House brushed aside some corporate concerns and approved legislation to increase the minimum wage over two years to $7.25 per hour from $5.15 per hour. imgUrl = "http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/ssi/articles/testing/horiz_sample.jpg" ;imgWidth = 145 ;imgHeight = 100 ;imgCaption = "Condoleezza Rice received a bipartisan scolding from the Foreign Relations Committee." ;imgCredit = "Melina Mara -- The Washington Post" ;popupUrl ="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo/postphotos/orb/asection/" ;p_width = 785 ;p_height = 645 ;popupAd = falseif ( typeof thisNode == "undefined" ) thisNode = "" ;captionWidth = 228 -2*1 -5 -2*8 -imgWidth ; // 210-imgWidth// --> "Passing this legislation today ... is simply a matter of doing what's right, what's just and what's fair," said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat. With the gap between rich and poor widening, Democrats promised a minimum wage increase as a part of their campaign that saw them win control the U.S. Congress in last year's elections from President George W. Bush's Republicans. "What a difference an election makes," said Rep. George Miller, a California Democrat. He ripped Republicans for stopping earlier efforts to raise the minimum wage. The bill now goes to the Senate where some Democratic leaders say they may add a tax break to it for small business to offset the cost and avert a possible Republican roadblock. House Democrats refused to include such relief in their bill. They noted there had been plenty of tax cuts for business in recent years, and said it is long past time to help dishwashers, fast-food cooks and millions of America's other lowest-paid workers. Praise God for his Sovereign mercy on those who play by the rules and go to work each day for below poverty scale....Thankyou Abba Father..amen. as for the One percenters here is the proverbial camel and eye of needle must have more ..more...more... http://www.bravotv.com/Real_Housewives_2/videos/index.php You right wingers really believe these women and familys need more tax cuts at the cost of the stressed out middle class. Get real or get reality it is their for all to see The Real Housewives of Orange County full of gated communities and high Republican population. Only on Bravo ...watch what happens.