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Speaker of the House John Boehner speaking at the 2012 CPAC in Washington, D.C.

If what he said in 1996 is any guide, House Speaker John Boehner really, really does not plan to allow a vote on raising the minimum wage:
“I’ll commit suicide before I vote on a clean minimum-wage bill,” Boehner, then the head of the House Republican Conference, said at the time.
How's that for an extreme position? He wouldn't just die before doing it, he'd actually kill himself. Take his own life rather than lift hundreds of thousands out of poverty by requiring businesses to pay a minimum wage that a small family can come somewhere close to living on. It's almost like he's not the moderate figure trying to balance the demands of his party's teabagger extremists with responsible governance that so many political reporters have painted him as.

People can change in 18 years, of course. But since Boehner shows no signs of having done so, the only reasonable answer is to fight, as hard as possible and with whatever tools are at hand, to make it too politically painful for him to block a vote, bring a discharge petition that goes around him ... or win a Democratic House majority.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Fri Feb 21, 2014 at 06:17 AM PST.

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