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By Chris V. Thangham     Jan 24, 2007 in Lifestyle
Senate Republicans and Democrats squabble and block the Minimum Wage Hike.
Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a Democratic bill to increase the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade, demanding it first include small-business tax relief.
On a vote of 54-43, Democrats fell six short of the 60 needed to end debate and go to passage of the House-passed measure, which would raise the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour from $5.15 per hour over two years.
Republicans demanded tax breaks be added to the legislation to help small business cover the proposed pay hike for millions of America's lowest paid workers
Because of this fight between Republicans and Democrats, the latter is thinking of revising the bill to accommodate some relief for the Small Business Owners. Democrat Senator Edward Kennedy however is against this attaching this requirement of relief to business owners with wage raise. He says, they have already been given huge benefits and billions of dollars in benefits to corporations and wealthiest Americans the previous years. I hope they settle this quickly, sometimes it looks very childish to fight like this when one knows how difficult it is for people to raise a family with just $5.15 an hour. All the costs have gone up over the last few years and it is just too inhumane to think they can manage a life in the US with just $5.15 an hour. Most of these workers had voted for them unfortunately.
What do you think about the Republican Proposal and Democrats Proposals?
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