What: All Issues Minimum wage increase (H.R. 2)/On passage (2007 house Roll Call 18)
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Minimum wage increase (H.R. 2)/On passage
house Roll Call 18     Jan 10, 2007
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This was the vote on final passage of a bill to increase the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour over the next two years.

Getting to this point was a victory for Democrats, who fought off multiple attempts by Republicans to add amendments to the bill such as tax breaks for small businesses (see Roll Call 16) and a provision that would allow employers to keep paying the current minimum wage of $5.15 per hour if they provided health insurance to their employees (see Roll Call 17).

House Democrats were steadfast in their desire to pass a "clean" version of the legislation. Republicans maintained that the bill would have a significant adverse effect on small businesses and many opposed the measure because it did not contain tax breaks for those employers.

Despite near unanimous party unity on those votes, 82 Republicans ended up voting with all 233 Democrats present in passing a minimum wage hike that didn't include tax breaks for small businesses. The final vote was 315-116. Despite the overwhelming House support for a "clean" version of the legislation, the measure faced near-certain amendment in the Senate, where Democrats didn't have enough support among Republicans to reach the 60-vote threshold needed to end debate and bring the bill to a vote without adding tax breaks for small businesses.

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