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Old 06-27-2006, 11:34 PM   #1
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Yay! Congressional Dems doing something right!

http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/06/...age/index.html

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Democrats vow to block pay raises until minimum wage increased
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A week after the GOP-led Senate rejected an increase to the minimum wage, Senate Democrats on Tuesday vowed to block pay raises for members of Congress until the minimum wage is increased.

"We're going to do anything it takes to stop the congressional pay raise this year, and we're not going to settle for this year alone," Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said at a Capitol news conference.

"They can play all the games the want," Reid said derisively of the Republicans who control the chamber. "They can deal with gay marriage, estate tax, flag burning, all these issues and avoid issues like the prices of gasoline, sending your kid to college. But we're going to do everything to stop the congressional pay raise."

The minimum wage is $5.15 an hour. Democrats want to raise it to $7.25. During the past nine years, as Democrats have tried unsuccessfully to increase the minimum wage, members of Congress have voted to give themselves pay raises -- technically "cost of living increases" -- totaling $31,600, or more than $15 an hour for a 40-hour week, 52 weeks a year, according to the Congressional Research Service.

In floor debate last week Republicans argued the raise for low-income workers would hurt small businesses. They offered an alternative measure to raise the minimum wage that was tied to tax breaks for small businesses.

The main proposal fell eight votes short of the 60 it needed to pass with 46 opposing; the alternative measure mustered only 45 votes in favor, while 53 senators opposed.

Reid wouldn't spell out the specific tactics he would employ to block the congressional pay raise -- which is triggered each year with the passage of an appropriations bill not by a vote on a stand alone bill to increase pay for members.

But he warned, "I know procedure's around here fairly well."
Of course, it would be nice if they wouldn't worry about raising their pay at all, but using it as a leverage to help the minimum wage is a start.
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It's been 9 years since the minimum wage has increased. Unbelieveable I guess the cost of living doesn't change for the poor

I hope they can stop the congressional pay raise and get the minimum wage increased
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This is exactly what this party needs to be doing...

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Hell, yeah!
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"They can play all the games the want," Reid said derisively of the Republicans who control the chamber. "They can deal with gay marriage, estate tax, flag burning, all these issues and avoid issues like the prices of gasoline, sending your kid to college. But we're going to do everything to stop the congressional pay raise."


the US needs a party willing to address all of these things.
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I think this is great.
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Good going, Congressional Dems!
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It's so touching to see Democratic multi-millionaires such as Kerry, Kohl, Kennedy, Feinstein, Lautenberg and John "Jay" Rockefeller
willing to take such a financial hit, just to stand-up for the little guy.
America applauds your courage. And wishes you well on your endeavor to liberate wages from the icy, unsympathetic grip of "market forces."
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It's so touching to see Democratic multi-millionaires such as Kerry, Kohl, Kennedy, Feinstein, Lautenberg and John "Jay" Rockefeller
willing to take such a financial hit, just to stand-up for the little guy.
America applauds your courage. And wishes you well on your endeavor to liberate wages from the icy, unsympathetic grip of "market forces."
Tell me what else is being done? Can you not even admit it's a start, or are you just so partisan that you attack every move?
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Let's see if they will keep there word and not take in special interests.
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Someone told me yesterday that security guards at airports still make the minimum wage. I beleive it. This in itself, in these times, is an insult beyond belief.
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Tell me what else is being done? Can you not even admit it's a start
A start to what? More micro-managing out of Washington D.C. No thanks.

My driving principle is one that says the market forces of "supply & demand" know better how judge productivity than demagoguing politicians, of any party.

But since you asked, for one thing, maybe stemming the flood of illegal "low-skill" immigrants into the economy might allow the de facto minimum-wage to rise on it's own.
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America applauds your courage. And wishes you well on your endeavor to liberate wages from the icy, unsympathetic grip of "market forces."


which is precisely the role of the government.
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My driving principle is one that says the market forces of "supply & demand" know better how judge productivity than demagoguing politicians, of any party.


supply and demand don't simply exist. they are created. by men. by governments. by regulations. it is not a religion. it is not a belief system.
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A start to what? More micro-managing out of Washington D.C. No thanks.

My driving principle is one that says the market forces of "supply & demand" know better how judge productivity than demagoguing politicians, of any party.
You think this exists in a bubble? Please.

Like someone said, it's been 9 years since a change yet cost of living has gone, yet many families are still stuck in the same wage of 9 years ago. But I guess it's their fault they're poor.
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