<\body> Stories in America: First Madame Speaker in 218 Years of Congressional History

Thursday, January 04, 2007

First Madame Speaker in 218 Years of Congressional History

Minimum Wage Increase, Lobbying Reform, Energy Reform, Stem Cell Research, and a Cut in Student Loan Interest Rates.

What a nice change from fear, stem cell research bans, gay marriage bans, intruding on personal family affairs (remember Terry Schiavo?), allowing oil companies to write energy policy, high student loans, flat wages, an out of control budget, Jack Abramoff, the list goes on...

Those who voted in the Democrats will hold them accountable. Let's hope they deliver.


At 1/04/2007 8:41 AM, Anonymous National Women's Law Center said...

A woman working full-time, year-round at the minimum wage would earn just $10,300 per year—and women are nearly two-thirds of all minimum wage workers. The proposed increase in the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour would benefit over nine million women.

Congress hasn’t increased the $5.15 per hour minimum wage for ten years, while costs have soared. Taking account of inflation, the minimum wage is at its lowest level in 50 years. It takes nine hours of work at the current minimum wage just to pay for a single tank of gas!



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