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.

Still, in the 2006 election such state measures helped Democrats win the majority in both chambers of Congress. This year, minimum wage increases are being readied for the November ballot in at least seven states, including Arkansas, which has a competitive U.S. Senate race.

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