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President Barack Obama places his order in with owners Rob Chiovoloni, lower left, and his wife Alice Bruno, lower right, during his unannounced visit to Café Beauregard in New Britain, Conn. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

March 17 (Bloomberg) — The odds that Congress will pass an increase in the minimum wage before the November elections are so low that even the nation’s lobbyists are largely ignoring it.

The AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest union group, won’t gear up for a push in Congress until a vote on an increase is scheduled in the Senate, said chief lobbyist Bill Samuel. His group, and business organizations that oppose raising hourly pay, are giving more attention to wage proposals in the states.

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