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Lawmakers expected to decide whether or not to raise federal minimum wage

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Lawmakers are set to vote on raising the federal minimum wage, but it's not expected to pass.

The Senate is expected to reject President Obama's push to go from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 over the next two-and-a-half years.

Republicans say the focus should be on bills that would create jobs. Even business groups are against the move, saying the hike could hurt young workers, cut jobs and raise unemployment.

"We need to get the federal government out of the way," said Republican House Speaker John Boehner. "Having run a small business myself, I see where these folks are coming from. I know why Americans are still asking the question, 'Where are the jobs?'"

Many Republicans believe this push may be more about midterm elections than anything else. If the vote fails, which all indications are that it will,  Democrats plan to bring it up again closer to the November elections.

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