Congressional Republicans should be ashamed that their refusal to address the minimum wage has allowed it to now drop to the lowest level in 50 years when adjusted for inflation. On Tuesday, I was very pleased that my amendment to the FY07 Labor Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill to gradually increase the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25, based on a bill introduced by Rep. George Miller (D-CA), passed the Appropriations Committee. Though the Republicans are threatening to strip the amendment from the bill, we will fight to have the minimum wage language included in the final Labor-H bill. Millions of American families are depending on it.