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After the the comprehensive immigration bill stalled in the Senate in June, President Bush initiated a crackdown on employers of illegal immigrants, a move that many expected to respark the debate on immigration reform.
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- Arguing that they had fulfilled a promise to the electorate by raising the minimum wage, on Jun. 27 Democratic lawmakers in the House voted to raise congressional salaries for the following year by 2.7 percent.
- The Employee Free Choice Act stalled in the Senate on Jun. 26 after a failed cloture vote of 51-48, divided closely along party lines.
- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on Jun. 7 that he was willing to return to the failed comprehensive immigration bill if Senate Republicans can agree to a limited number of amendments and a limited time for debate.
- The Senate's efforts to reach a "grand compromise" on comprehensive immigration legislation collapsed on Jun. 7 as a move to cut off debate on the bill fell 15 votes short. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declared the Senate was done with addressing immigration "for the time being."
- An amendment to the comprehensive immigration bill sponsored by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) failed in a 42-54 vote on Jun. 7. The amendment would demand that existing border security and immigration laws be enforced and included building a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.
- The Senate passed an amendment to the comprehensive immigration bill in a vote of 56-41 on Jun. 6. The amendment, offered by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), would save American taxpayers up to $24 billion in the 10 years by preventing the earned income tax credit from being claimed by Y temporary workers or illegal aliens.
- The Senate passed an amendment to the comprehensive immigration bill on Jun. 6 in a vote of 64-33. The amendment was sponsored by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and would declare English the official language of the United States.
- The House passed the Employee Free Choice Act on Mar. 1, in a 241-185 vote that was largely divided along party lines. The bill would further protect workers against management threats as well as create an easier process for creating new unions.
- The Senate voted on an amendment on Jan. 24 that would effectively remove the federal minimum wage. The amendment's sponsor was Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) and failed in a 28-69 vote.
- The house passed the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 in a vote of 315-116 on Jan. 10. The bill was sponsored by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) and would increase the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25.
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