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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday moved to hold a vote this week on increasing the federal minimum wage.
Reid filed cloture on the motion to proceed to legislation from Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) that would increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour.
The vote will be a major test of unity for Senate Democrats, who have made the wage hike central to their populist agenda for the midterm elections.
Some vulnerable Democrats up for reelection have expressed concern about the wage increase, citing a Congressional Budget Office report that Harkin’s bill would harm job growth. Some of them have come out in support of a smaller increase to $9 an hour, proposed by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).