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Senate Passes Minimum Wage Bill

Law360 (February 1, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- After days of debate and delays, the U.S. Senate late Thursday passed a bill that will raise the federal minimum wage by $2.10, with the addition of $8.3 billion in tax breaks over 10 years.

The House passed its version of the bill, which would raise the minimum pay from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour nationwide, without tax breaks in early January. But the Senate killed that version in a 54-43 vote last week.

A mere six votes would have moved the bill closer to becoming...
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