Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Democracy at work

Thanks to the consistent public support behind a hike in the minimum wage, and Democrats announcing their intent to make it an issue in the fall, House GOP leaders say vote on minimum wage now likely:
With Democrats plotting to make the minimum wage a major issue in this fall's congressional races, House Republican leaders are conceding that they may have to yield to pressure for an increase to the federal standard, which has been frozen for nearly a decade.

Faced with elections that could cost them control of Congress, John A. Boehner, the House majority leader, acknowledged Thursday that Republican leaders are likely to reverse course and hold a vote on a proposed minimum wage increase.
This is what happens when Democrats take a strong position and stick with it. Republicans have to pay attention, and something has to happen.

It's also lovely that the Majority Leader thinks that raising wages for the poorest working people is a "cynical ploy." I think it's "doing their job."