boost the federal minimum wage by $2.10 an hour over the next two years, bringing the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour by 2009. The bill contained amendments with controversial tax cuts for small businesses.  The increase in the minimum wage is the first in a decade.  It was approved by a 94-3 vote, finishing a nine day debate on the senate floor.  The bill will now be reconciled with the House version that contained no tax provisions passed on January 10, 2007. 

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