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Congress I House votes to raise minimum wage, uniting Dems after months-long struggle

By SARAH FERRIS 1-2 minutes John Shinkle/POLITICO The House passed legislation to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, following through on a key Democratic campaign promise and ending a six-month struggle within the caucus. The roughly party-line vote comes after months of behind-the-scenes jockeying between progressives and centrists to shape the plan and delivers a much-needed policy win for the party. Source: Politico

McConnell says Trump will sign spending bill and declare national emergency

By SARAH FERRIS and JOHN BRESNAHAN 6-7 minutes Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images Congress It's still unknown whether Trump will sign the bill. Update, 3:16 p.m.: President Donald Trump plans to sign a bipartisan spending deal and then declare a national emergency to fund his border wall, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday. The move will avert a government shutdown Friday while immediately fueling a fierce battle in the courts. Story Continued Below "He is prepared to sign the bill," McConnell said. "He will also be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time." Original story: Congress faces a critical test Thursday as both chambers will vote on a g