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Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., left, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte R-N.H., right. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

March 10 (Bloomberg) — Republicans should be careful what they wish for when it comes to raising the minimum wage.

Party members who voted for the last U.S. wage increase in 2007 including Representative Greg Walden, who is overseeing Republican House races this year, oppose a similar plan now. They say state initiatives to raise hourly pay have taken pressure off Congress to act.

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