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Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Minimum wage up next in Democrat's '100 hours'
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Having won approval of the 9/11 commission recommendations Tuesday, House Democrats turn their attention to passing legislation to raise the minimum wage as Democrats '100 hour clock' continues to tick.

The Democratic-written bill would increase the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 over 26 months.

"For the first time in 10 years this Congress today is going to break its silence on the minimum wage for people who can not get ahead in our society," House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-South Carolina, said as debate on the bill was set to open.

As for staying within the confines of their imposed 100 legislative hours, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, who is officially keeping the clock, said Democrats are well on pace to achieve their agenda in the relatively short period of time.

"We are going to complete our work well before the 100 hours expires and we will have said to the American public that this Congress is going to be a 'do something, do good' Congress opposed to the 'do nothing' Congress that the American public rejected," Hoyer said.

-- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
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