House votes to raise U.S. minimum wage

WASHINGTON The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7.25 over a period of 26 months.

The bill, passed by a vote of 315 to 116, would mark the first federally mandated hourly wage hike in a decade.

Industry leaders had opposed the measure, urging Congress instead to let the marketplace determine the wage. They also argued that if the wage floor must be raised, the measure should contain

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