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Small business technology advisor today, a debate about whether the country should have a patchwork of minimum wages is complicating push to raise the federal pay floor. It's also becoming an issue that's dividing House Democrats of Bill to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour by the year. Twenty twenty four is just shy of the votes needed to pass the democratic led house of representatives, where it faces resistance from some lawmakers from regions, where wages and the cost of living are generally lower. It's a story by Wall Street Journal reporter Christina Peterson who covers Capitol Hill Christina. What's up here? Push among Democrats to show that they are behind raising the minimum wage, and in support of workers and unions, are hoping to see a higher minimum wage, but where exactly that minimum wage should be set at a federal level has been kind of a tricky issue for them. There's a pretty big group of support more than two hundred Democrats Putin house speaker, Nancy Pelosi support a Bill from house, education and labor committee chairman Bobby Scott that would raise the minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour. So they're getting close to the number that they would need to get that through the house, which is around two hundred eighteen, but they just don't seem to be able to quite get there. And the biggest hangup is from a group of lawmakers who are worried that, that would hurt places where the cost of living a little bit lower wages are lower and they're advocating for taking those regional differences into account. At this point, they just seem to be negotiating seeing if they can reach some kind of consensus, but they've been stuck there for a little while. So that fifteen dollars an hour in some places, I guess, maybe parts of middle America or. Gulf dates. They feel that are some lawmakers feel that, that would hurt small businesses as what stop expansion plans or could lead to lay off say, they worry that people could end up losing their jobs. If employers were forced to raise the minimum wage to quickly now even Democrats who wanted hit that regional approach into account have backed a plan from congresswoman Terri Sewell, that would eventually get fifteen dollars an hour everywhere it just would be over a longer period of time and urban centers and places where the minimum wage is already higher would would raise that more quickly. So most of it is really a question of timing. How quickly you would accelerate raising the minimum wage. Okay. So what kind of support does that have then kind of a gradual increase to fifteen? Group of supporters, but there's enough to make it sort of come to a standstill in the house. This is the Bill that they would love to be voting on and triumphantly passing. And they just haven't managed to get there yet. There's a lot of support for fifteen dollars minimum wage on the presidential campaign trail, most of the candidates favor that or some very similar variation. So there's sort of this widespread support, but some of the people who. This regional approach are also the lawmakers who represent the more vulnerable districts and many cases, these are the freshmen who helped Democrats take back the house majority so leadership needs to be sensitive to their political needs. We're speaking with Wall Street Journal congressional reporter Christina Peterson. Her story is called push for a fifteen dollars minimum wage divides, Democrats, even if it passes as, as it struggling to, it's, it's not going to pass the Senate. Right. So this is just for show, basically. Right. Right. I mean, this is sort of part of the House, Democrats strategy to draw contrast between what and fair for. And what the GOP controlled Senate and White House is four ahead of the elections. They wanna make that contrast very clear for voters. But you're absolutely right. That the GOP controlled Senate is unlikely to take this Bill up at any point with majority leader McConnell in control. So this is this would be largely symbolic vote for shar art. So how much of a priority is this among House, Democrats? And I guess part of that, what are the odds? It's something like this will get done. Aids have different levels of optimism of when this will or won't weeks the house floor. There are negotiations going on chairman, Scott staff, met with the blue dog coalition, which a group of mar centrist House Democrats over the last congressional break in April, and I know that term and Scott has been talking to individual members who have concerns. So they are working the Bill and trying to get there but it's just sort of uncertain. Wait now whether they will chairman, Scott's sort of counter to the regional concerns is that he thinks that if you leave a regional approach in place, then that locks people into a lower wage already have that so income disparity is locked in Christina, Christina Peterson Wall Street Journal reporter who covers Capitol Hill reminder, by the way, we can connect on social.