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The Senate has received 15 increases, which is the number the Facebook post got correct. So where did Raise the Minimum Wage get the idea that there have only been three minimum wage increases?
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It comes from that fact that the seven increases were the result of three Congressional votes , in , and By that standard, Congress has only voted twice to increase its pay, although those votes produced 15 pay hikes. One commenter on the Facebook page said, "The minimum wage should be increased by the same percent each time Congress gets a pay raise. In fact, the minimum wage is now percent higher than it was in By contrast, the pay for members of Congress has increased by 94 percent and inflation has increased by 97 percent.
A posting by the Facebook group Raise the Minimum Wage said, "Since , Congress has raised its own salary 15 times 'to reflect rising costs. Although Congress has scored 15 pay increases thanks to the automatic formula it adopted in , it has also approved seven increases in the minimum wage during that period, not three.
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