What's Pelosi trying to pull ?

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  1. Bro. Curtis

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    And will the Democrats hold her accountable ?

    House Republicans yesterday declared "something fishy" about the major tuna company in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco district being exempted from the minimum-wage increase that Democrats approved this week.
    "I am shocked," said Rep. Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican and his party's chief deputy whip, noting that Mrs. Pelosi campaigned heavily on promises of honest government. "Now we find out that she is exempting hometown companies from minimum wage. This is exactly the hypocrisy and double talk that we have come to expect from the Democrats."
    On Wednesday, the House voted to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 per hour.
    The bill also extends for the first time the federal minimum wage to the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands. However, it exempts American Samoa, another Pacific island territory that would become the only U.S. territory not subject to federal minimum-wage laws.
    One of the biggest opponents of the federal minimum wage in Samoa is StarKist Tuna, which owns one of the two packing plants that together employ more than 5,000 Samoans, or nearly 75 percent of the island's work force. StarKist's parent company, Del Monte Corp., has headquarters in San Francisco, which is represented by Mrs. Pelosi. The other plant belongs to California-based Chicken of the Sea.
    "There's something fishy going on here," said Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, North Carolina Republican.....


    http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20070112-120720-2734r.htm

    P.S. The article comes complete with a Barney Frank tantrum. lol
     
  2. carpro

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    Samo, samo double standard, Curtis
     
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    Has American Samoa ever been subject to federal minimum tax laws?
     
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    "The bill also extends for the first time the federal minimum wage to the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands. However, it exempts American Samoa, another Pacific island territory that would become the only U.S. territory not subject to federal minimum-wage laws."

    Why would they be the only ones ?
     
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    Wage Rates in American Samoa

    The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), applies generally to employment within American Samoa as it does to employment within the United States. The minimum wage rates for American Samoa are set by a special industry committee (29 U.S.C. 205, 29 C.F.R. Part 511) appointed by the U.S. Department of Labor, as required by the Act. The rates are set for particular industries, not for an employee's particular occupation. The rates are minimum rates (29 U.S.C. 206(a)(3)); an employer may choose to pay an employee at a rate higher than the rate(s) for its industry. The Act contains a number of additional requirements, including the payment of premium rates to certain covered employees who work more than 40 hours in a workweek (29 U.S.C. 207), limitations on the employment of minors, and provisions relating to the Act's coverage and exceptions to and exemptions from some of the Act's general requirements.



    http://www.dol.gov/esa/minwage/americanSamoa/ASminwage.htm
     
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    Thanks, Bro. Curtis.
     
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    Sorry, Charlie. (Sorry, couldn't resist.) :smilewinkgrin:
     
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    I have said before, and I now say again, 99% of those people in Washington are dishonest. I have no time for most of them. I think Pelosi is a fake, I don't trust her as far as I could throw a house.
     
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    Agreed 100%. Now it seems (from Fox News) she has backtracked and Samoa will be treated as the rest with the wage increase. She got caught, didn't she?

    They're all crooks, IMO.
     
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    Well, it's a happy ending, then. She repented, and I will only silently speculate how hard her jaw was clenched when she changed her mind.
     

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