Dems hope to force House vote on minimum wage hike
CAMBRIDGE, Md. - House Democrats will try to highlight Republicans' resistance to a higher minimum wage with tactical maneuvers meant to draw more attention to an issue Democrats consider a winner.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday her party will push a "discharge petition" to force a vote on the minimum wage matter when Congress returns from its recess on Feb. 24.
The decision may displease immigration reform advocates who want priority given to a discharge petition on that subject. Pelosi said an immigration discharge petition may come later this year.
Most congressional Republicans oppose a higher minimum wage. Democrats say most Americans support it.
Democrats would have to persuade roughly two dozen House Republicans to sign a petition to force GOP leaders to bring minimum wage to a vote.