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House Patches Minimum Wage Law

October 30, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The House repaired a legislative glitch Monday that technically could have allowed the federal minimum wage law to lapse for six months.

A 10-year, $240 billion tax package passed last week by the House included a section raising the $5.15-an-hour minimum wage by $1 over two years, in two 50-cent steps.

Inadvertently, however, the bill’s language would have allowed the minimum wage law to expire June 30 of this year and resume Jan. 1, a span of six months. Democrats derided Republican authors of the measure for sloppiness, prompting GOP leaders to move legislation permitting the bill to be corrected.

``This is fixing an honest mistake,″ said Rep. Charles Stenholm, D-Texas.

The overall legislation is pending in the Senate. President Clinton has threatened to veto it for reasons unrelated to the minimum wage.

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