Congress approves wage hike, but veto is seen as a second chance

WASHINGTON Congress approved a supplemental war appropriations bill today that included a provision to hike the federal minimum wage to $7.24 an hour over a 26-month period, but the legislation is widely expected to be vetoed by President Bush. Pundits agree that a rejection of the measure could provide restaurateurs and other employer groups with a chance to push for more tax breaks to counterbalance the effects of the wage increase.

The bill, known as the

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