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By Josh Richman
Friday, January 26th, 2007 at 12:05 pm in Edward Kennedy, General, George Miller, Nancy Pelosi, U.S. House, U.S. Senate.

U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., looked as if his head might explode yesterday as he tore into Senate Republicans who’ve used an avalanche of poison-pill amendments to bog down Democrats’ effort to raise the national minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 per hour.

“Filibuster by amendments,” he says. Hmmmm – maybe this is why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, didn’t let House Republicans offer amendments to her chamber’s minimum-wage legislation, which was carried by Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Martinez, and passed Jan. 10 by the House on a 315-116 vote.

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