House Republicans push Wage increase?
So, what is that provision? One that would dramatically increase the nationaly minimum wage. For me, this is a deal-breaker. I have never supported minimum wage increases-even making it in Oregon in 2002, when it came up on the ballot. The minimum wage is one of the worst things ever to happen to the poor, and increasing it only exacerbates inflation and unemployment. Furthermore, most minimum wage earners are not poor.
Yet, while most coverage of the bill's passage seem to indicate that it was pushed through by Republicans, that is not entirely true. The bill passed on Republican support, but Congressional Democrats have been pushing for the wage increase for some time, and Republicans have consistently - until now - not supported it.
Senate passage is unlikely, thankfully. However, it will be unfortunate if this small aspects blocks an otherwise strong bill. Ideally, the provision will be eliminated in the Senate, and sent back to the House for ratification.