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For Immediate Release: 
January 17, 2007
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WASHINGTON, DC – Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in response to a tax package passed by the Senate Finance Committee:

“I am very disappointed that the Senate Finance Committee passed a tax package that will be attached to a bill to increase the minimum wage.

“The choice to tie a bill raising the minimum wage to tax breaks for businesses will cost taxpayers $8 billion and complicate and delay the passage of an increase.

“Passing a clean minimum wage bill is a matter of doing what is right and what is fair.  According to Newsweek, 89 percent of the American people support an increase in the federal minimum wage, and they should not have to spend $8 billion in order for Congress to do the right thing.

“Minimum wage earners have already waited nine years and four months for a raise.  Congress should not make them wait any longer.  I urge my Senate colleagues to pass a clean minimum wage bill without delay.”