Committee on Education and Labor - U.S. House of Representatives

Fair Minimum Wage Act

Minimum Wage Rises to $6.55 in Second Scheduled Increase

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The minimum wage increased from $5.85 to $6.55 on July 24, 2008 -- the second of three increases scheduled by the Fair Minimum Wage Act.
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First Wage Increase in 10 Years for Minimum Wage Workers

Minimum wage workers received their first pay raise in a decade on July 24, 2007. After the House of Representatives voted on May 24 to approve legislation to increase the national minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $7.25 per hour, the measure was signed into law on May 25, 2007 as part of an emergency supplemental appropriations bill (H.R. 2206). The first phase of the law went into effect on July 24, 2007, when the minimum wage increased to $5.85 an hour. Minimum Wage Pamphlet »

Fair Minimum Wage Act

Minimum Wage press conference
Sen. Edward Kennedy, Rep. George Miller
and other lawmakers call for a minimum
wage increase.

The Fair Minimum Wage Act, which passed the House by 315-116 on January 10, 2007, gives a much needed pay raise to up to 13 million of America's lowest-paid workers.

Chairman George Miller's statement on the Fair Minimum Wage Act »

Video of Chairman Miller's floor statement on the Fair Minimum Wage Act »
(Windows Media Video File, 5.17MB)

Introduced by Representative George Miller, the bill increases the minimum wage by $2.10 over two years -- from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour. The bill also extend the minimum wage to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. territory in the Pacific Ocean where Jack Abramoff and former House Majority Whip Tom DeLay undermined efforts to provide basic labor standards, and to American Samoa. Minimum wage increases will be phased in under a different schedule for these territories, given that they are at a different level of economic development than the mainland.

How the Fair Minimum Wage Act Will Work:

60 days after enactment (July 24, 2007): The minimum wage will increase from the current $5.15 to $5.85

One year after the first increase (July 24, 2008): The minimum wage will increase to $6.55

One year after the second increase (July 24, 2009): The minimum wage will finally increase to $7.25