Unless President Obama is somehow able to borrow from HarryTruman's playbook, Congress is more likely to take on issues suchas immigration and government funding instead of tackling the ideaof raising the minimum wage when its members return from theirsummer break early next week.

Despite recent protests, nationwide tweets, talk shows,speeches by the president and plenty of news coverage, no votes onthe issue of the minimum wage are scheduled in Congress in the nearfuture. Morever, the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 has not yet hada hearing in the House this year. Six Democrats joined everyRepublican representative in opposition to raising the minimum wagewhen Democrats offered it up during a procedural fight over anunrelated House bill in March. That vote tally was 223-184.

The present federally mandated minimum wage is $7.25 an hour,the rate at which it has been set for the past four years.Depending on the size of a family and the city in which they live,it's possible that even with two full-time minimum wage salaries,that family could still fall below the poverty line.

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