Capitol Hill (AP) – The Democratically-controlled Congress has approved the first minimum wage increase in nearly a decade.
By a vote of 315-116, the House approved legislation to increase the federal minimum wage to $7.25 over a period of 26 months.
Congressman George Miller, who wrote the legislation, says "minimum wage workers desperately need a need a raise." House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer calls the increase "a matter of doing what's right, what's just, and what's fair."
President Bush says he would support a wage boost paired with tax and regulatory relief for businesses.
The legislation now goes before the Senate.
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