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Democrats push to raise minimum wage

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House Democrats plan to try to force minimum wage vote. (Source: CNN) House Democrats plan to try to force minimum wage vote. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - House Democrats plan to try to force a vote this Wednesday afternoon on raising the federal minimum wage.

Lawmakers said they'll use a procedural move known as a discharge petition to attempt to bring the issue to a vote in the Republican-controlled chamber.

The maneuver would come one day after Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid pushed back a vote on minimum wage, blaming Republican obstruction for jamming the Senate calendar.

Reid now expects a vote in that chamber to happen in late March or sometime in April.

Democrats are attempting to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

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