Wednesday, June 28, 2006

31.6K$ versus Zip

It's about time this got a little traction in the MSM. I was very upset that it didn't generate any noise when it happened last week. This is a clear difference between the GOP and Dems and it shouldn't be left behind the curtain. This is the kind of thing that voters will remember in November, especially those directly or indirectly affected. These things need to be flogged incessantly by the progressives.

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.

Note this little zinger that someone at CNN slipped into the article. Must be at least one closet progressive working there.
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.

It would be especially good if so many Dems had not voted for the pay raise this year. 119 voted for as opposed to 74 no. Bummer.

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