An Overdue Pay Raise

With all of the talk about the conservative obstructionism in Congress that is keeping important bills from becoming law, Tuesday brings something worth celebrating: The federal minimum wage, which had […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Expose The Obstructionists

Americans elected a new Congress to get things done. But the conservative minority has chosen a strategy of obstruction in the Senate. They have used the threat of a filibuster […]
Robert Borosage
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Make Poverty A Priority

In little more than a decade after President Lyndon Johnson declared a “war on poverty,” President Ronald Reagan led the nation in the equivalent of a helicopter evacuation from the […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Grassley Spins The Post Crazy

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, is whining that the new minimum wage compromise doesn’t have enough tax favors for business. From CQ Today (subscription required): “The Senate package was barely adequate,” […]
Bill Scher
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Grassley Spins The Post Crazy

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, is whining that the new minimum wage compromise doesn’t have enough tax favors for business. From CQ Today (subscription required): “The Senate package was barely adequate,” […]
Bill Scher
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Grassley Spins The Post Crazy

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, is whining that the new minimum wage compromise doesn’t have enough tax favors for business. From CQ Today (subscription required): “The Senate package was barely adequate,” […]
Bill Scher
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Grassley Spins The Post Crazy

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, is whining that the new minimum wage compromise doesn’t have enough tax favors for business. From CQ Today (subscription required): “The Senate package was barely adequate,” […]
Bill Scher
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Grassley Spins W. Post Dizzy

Yesterday, I noted that Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, is whining that the new minimum wage compromise doesn’t have enough tax favors for business. From CQ Today (subscription required): “The Senate […]
Bill Scher
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Minimum Wage Compromise Reached

Congressional leaders took a big step toward fulfilling a campaign pledge late Friday, reconciling House-Senate differences in their minimum wage bills. The two chambers split the difference on the size […]
Bill Scher
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The Conservatives’ “Secular Problem”

Today through Saturday, when Republicans and conservatives gather in Washington for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, will they face up to the biggest obstacle preventing them from connecting with […]
Bill Scher
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The Power of the Wage Issue

CQPolitics.com today highlights new research from the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, finding that minimum wage initiatives in five states significantly boosted voter turnout: Voter motivation and reported interest in the […]
Bill Scher
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Minimum Wage Compromise In Sight

The House Ways & Means Committee yesterday cleared a bill with less than $2 billion in business tax breaks, as part of a plan to resolve differences in the House […]
Bill Scher
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House Inches Toward Senate on Biz Tax Breaks

Trying to break a House-Senate stalemate over competing minimum wage bills, Rep. Charlie Rangel is planning on moving a bill with $1 billion in business tax breaks, separate from the […]
Bill Scher
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Min Wage (With Business Tax Breaks) Clears Senate

Late today, the Senate passed its version of a minimum wage increase 94-3. Unlike the House bill, the Senate version includes tax giveaways to business, and it’s unclear what happens […]
Bill Scher
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Blogger Call with Sen. Harry Reid

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid held a conference call with bloggers earlier this afternoon. I asked him where the minimum wage bill will go after this week’s expected approval of […]
Bill Scher
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Spines Stiffening?

Today, the NY Times checks in on the minimum wage battle, and we may be seeing a little movement towards a push for a clean bill without business tax giveaways. […]
Bill Scher
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28 Senators Want Fed Minimum Wage Set At Zero

The contempt some Senate conservatives have for America’s workers runs pretty deep. Filibustering a raise in the minimum wage wasn’t enough for 28 Senators. Today, they tried to finish the […]
Bill Scher
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Show Them The Way

Yesterday, 43 Senate conservatives did the bidding of the business lobby and filibustered the House minimum wage bill. Why? Because they want to attach irresponsible business tax breaks to the […]
Bill Scher
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Dirty Wage Bill Gets A Little Cleaner

Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus is still refusing to pass a “clean” minimum wage bill without business tax giveaways. But now he’s looking to make a slight improvement to […]
Bill Scher
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The Real Middle Ground

Senate Finance Chair Max Baucus is firmly establishing himself as the buzzkill of The First 100 Hours. After dirtying up a minimum wage bill with special interest tax breaks, now […]
Bill Scher
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Maximizing The Minimum

Bill Scher blogs for Campaign for America’s Future. This blog originally appeared in The Huffington Post. Yesterday was a great day for the American worker and the American economy, as the House […]
Bill Scher
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House Dems Split on Min Wage Next Steps

With the likelihood of competing minimum wage bills from the House and Senate, House Dems appear divided on how to proceed. CongressDaily AM reports: “…House Majority Leader [Steny] Hoyer said […]
Bill Scher
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Pearlstein: Business Complaints on Wage Hike “Nonsense”

Washington Post business columnist Steven Pearlstein takes the business lobby, and new Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus, to task today, setting the record straight about a minimum wage hike’s […]
Bill Scher
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Blogger Call With Speaker Pelosi

Tuesday afternoon, Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a conference call with bloggers about Iraq and the First 100 Hours Agenda. I asked her if the final minimum wage bill would be […]
Bill Scher
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A Clean Bill of Wage?

This Wednesday, the House is expected pass a key piece of the First 100 Hours agenda — a painfully overdue raise in the minimum hourly wage from $5.15 to $7.25. […]
Bill Scher
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