Just six years ago, scores of Republican lawmakers favored an increase in the minimum wage
As was noted HERE yesterday, the federal minimum wage is considerably lower today than it was 45 years ago, when you adjust for inflation.
Another interesting comparison with the past is that congressional Republicans aren’t nearly as keen on raising the minimum wage under Barack Obama as they were under George W. Bush — which, of course, fits the pattern of GOP opposition to anything Obama proposes.
Josh Israel EXPLAINS:
President Obama’s call for a minimum wage increase in Tuesday’s State of the Union Address— like nearly all of his proposals — was met with immediate opposition from Congressional Republicans. But six years ago, many of the same Republicans supported a similar proposal backed by Republican President George W. Bush.
A ThinkProgress analysis finds that at least 67 Republicans who are still in Congress today backed an increase in the minimum wage in some form, including Rep. Paul Ryan.
Political momentum for an increase began in 2004, after President Bush announced his support for a billby now-Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. After Democrats won majorities of the House and Senate in the 2006 elections, a minimum wage increase became one of their first priorities. The Fair Minimum Wage Act— which also included tax cuts for small businesses — passed the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support. When the increase was folded into a larger appropriations bill, it again passed with strong bipartisan support and was eventually signed into law by Bush. 26 House Republicans even signed a letter to then-House Majority Leader John Boehner, asking for a vote on a minimum wage increase…