The Daily Sandwich

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Sunday, July 30, 2006

House GOP sets mimimum wage bill up for failure

Republican senators seem less than pleased with the bill pushed through by their House counterparts. Democrats have been trying to pass the first minimum wage increase in almost a decade, and the vulgarians in Congress insisted on linking it with cutting the estate tax and loosening health care standards for insurance providers.

On the eve of adjourning for a month of campaigning in their districts, House Republicans early today pushed through a controversial bill linking a minimum-wage increase to a package of tax cuts.

The hastily crafted measure almost certainly will die in the Senate, a prospect that several Republican lawmakers acknowledged even as they prepared to cast votes. (. . .)

These are wonderful accomplishments: House Republicans showing results for the American people," said Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio), the fourth-ranking Republican in the House. "We didn't want to leave for August without accomplishing both of these."

Incredible. They effectively kill a minimum wage increase, but take credit for passing one. This is just the sort of anti-worker ideology that should outrage the public, but probably won't.