For the first time since 1997, America's lowest page workers are getting a raise. Congress has finally passed an increase in the minimum wage, from $5.15 an hour to $5.85 in September, 2007. Another 70 cents an hour will be added next year, and by September 2009, the minimum wage will be $7.25 an hour. CBS News report: "Democratic leaders attached the provision to the $120 billion Iraq war spending bill, which was vetoed by the GOP-controlled White House on May 1 because Democrats insisted on a pullout date for American troops. But with the House passing a rewritten bill 280-142 and the Senate 80-14, the end is likely near for the longest stretch without the federal pay floor rising since the minimum wage was established in 1938."