U.S. moves closer to minimum wage hike

House votes for a $2.10 US increase, the first since 1997
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 01/11/2007

The United States House of Representatives voted on Jan. 10 to increase the federal minimum wage to $7.25 US an hour. The vote could lead to the first increase in 10 years.

The vote was 315-116, with more than 80 Republicans joining Democrats, who have controlled the House since the mid-term elections in November, to pass it.

"You should not be relegated to poverty if you work hard and play by the rules," said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.