"We want to reward work in this country,'' she said. "This country was based on rewarding work, and anyone who is working 40 hours a week should be able to provide for her kids.''
With Democrats in control of the Senate and Republicans controlling the House, Senate Democrats are leading the effort to enact another increase in the federal minimum wage.
Nineteen other states and the District of Columbia have a minimum wage above the federal rate. Washington state has the highest, at $9.19 an hour.
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New York's proposed minimum Under Armour Shoes Khaki wage which would amount to $360 a week or $18,720 annually is significant because Congress typically raises the federal minimum after a significant number of states raise their rates.
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by Sen. Tom Harkin, D Iowa, has held one hearing focusing on a proposal to index the minimum wage based on annual increases in consumer prices after the rate reaches $10.10 an hour.
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"State wages build momentum for raising the federal minimum wage,'' said Paul Sonn, legal co director of the National Employment Law Project, an advocacy group for the poor. "The federal increase is not going to happen immediately, so the state increases are all the more important.''
The federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour provides a weekly income of $290, or $15,080 annually. That's barely above the federal poverty threshold of $15,510 for a family of two. For a family of three, it falls $4,450 below the poverty line of $19,530.
That legislation increased annual contribution limits for 401(k) retirement savings plans and lowered the federal tax on luxury car sales.
"I would tie this bill to any jobs bill through an amendment process or through a base bill,'' she said, expressing hope the measure will be treated as "a moral issue.''
The last increase in the federal minimum wage was inserted into a 2007 defense bill that included $4.8 billion in tax cuts for small businesses over 10 years.
Twenty two states, including New York, use the federal rate. Five have no state minimum wage. In four, the Under Armour High Tops Basketball
minimum wage is lower than the federal rate, although the federal rate applies to most workers.
That has been the minimum wage strategy used in Congress over the past two decades.
Congressional Democrats, who face an uphill battle in their effort to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, could attach their proposal to a must pass bill or to tax legislation favored by Republicans.
New York state lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo have agreed to increase the state's minimum wage to $9 an hour. The plan, which would phase in the increase over three years, is a small piece of a much bigger pending agreement involving a budget for the state's new fiscal year, which begins April 1.
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