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President Obama’s call for increasing the minimum wage to $9 an hour from its current level of $7.25 has been enthusiastically received in many quarters who contend that it would move many Americans out of poverty and also boost the income of many in the African-American community.
In a vote of 241-180, the House approved the $50.5 billion Sandy Disaster Aid package Tuesday evening.
The package was split into two main bills. The first, a $17 billion measure, passed overwhelmingly.
"I always knew that in my heart that we would come together to help our constituents," Queens Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D) said.
After winning a commanding victory to succeed Ed Towns as representative of Brooklyn’s 8th Congressional District, Hakeem Jeffries was sworn into office as a member of the 113th Congress last week.