Dems hope to force House vote on minimum wage hike

Created: 02/14/2014 2:50 AM WHEC.com

House Democrats will try to highlight Republicans' resistance to a higher minimum wage with tactical maneuvers meant to draw more attention to an issue Democrats consider a winner.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday her party will push a "discharge petition" to force a vote on the minimum wage matter when Congress returns from its recess on Feb. 24.

The decision may displease immigration reform advocates who want priority given to a discharge petition on that subject. Pelosi said an immigration discharge petition may come later this year.

Most congressional Republicans oppose a higher minimum wage. Democrats say most Americans support it.

Democrats would have to persuade roughly two dozen House Republicans to sign a petition to force GOP leaders to bring minimum wage to a vote.

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