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Morgan Griffith sees minimum wage fight extending into next year

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The battle over raising the minimum wage has stalled in Washington and one local congressman doesn't expect any progress until 2015.

Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-Salem) believes a better jobs policy would help workers more than raising the minimum wage.

"At this point we ought to get our policies right on the economy and that would increase the number of jobs out there," he said. "When you have more jobs than you have people, wages go up."

It's a position many Democrats including President Obama strongly disagree with.

Last month Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) spoke to women community leaders in Roanoke about the importance of raising the minimum wage.

The bill is currently stalled in the Senate.

Now with campaign season heating up ahead of November's election, Griffth believes it's unlikely any major legislation will get passed by congress later than August 1.
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