Little Light Seen in Congress for Minimum Wage Hike
Unless President Obama is somehow able to borrow from Harry Truman’s playbook, Congress is more likely to take on issues such as immigration and government funding instead of tackling the idea of raising the minimum wage when its members return from their summer break early next week.
Despite recent protests, nationwide tweets, talk shows, speeches by the president and plenty of news coverage, no votes on the issue of the minimum wage are scheduled in Congress in the near future. Morever, the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 has not yet had a hearing in the House this year. Six Democrats joined every Republican representative in opposition to raising the minimum wage when Democrats offered it up during a procedural fight over an unrelated House bill in March. That vote tally was 223-184.
The idea to more than double the federal minimum wage – as in a recent push to raise the rate to $15 in the City of Seattle – is also not considered viable by many analysts and not surprisingly, business advocates like William Dunkelberg, the chief economist for the National Federation of Independent Businesses.
Dunkelberg wrote for Forbes in 2010 and reiterated in a YouTube video in late August that a higher minimum wage will make it harder for companies to survive.
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