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The news that hit the front page of the NYT the day after President Trump signed a bill that eliminated the “mandatory minimum wage” and allowed employers to keep paying less than the federal minimum wage without retaliation was a story of an American economy still reeling from the effects of the Great Recession.
The bill was signed by the president on Thursday and will soon go into effect, making it the fourth such bill passed by the Trump administration since he took office in January.
The House passed a similar measure in December, but it was blocked by the Senate.
The Senate also voted down a bill to increase the federal pay raise, and the House voted against a bill from the Democratic-controlled Senate that would increase the minimum wage for federal workers.
Trump has said that he will sign the bill, which was first introduced by Rep. Tim Walberg, D-Minn., but he has not indicated that he would sign the measure into law.
The $1.9 trillion measure, which has passed the Senate and House and is now headed to the White House, increases the minimum pay for federal employees from $7.25 per hour to $10.10.
Under the bill that passed the House, employees earning the federal poverty level of $23,850 would get a raise from $9.25 to $11.50 per hour.
The federal minimum hourly wage is $7, followed by $9, $11 and $13.
The legislation would also require employers with more than 50 full-time employees to pay their workers a minimum wage of $7 per hour, or pay the full $15 per hour in tips, as well as provide overtime pay.
Trump signed the legislation on Thursday, but he said in a statement Friday that he is “actively looking into other ways to make sure our workers are treated fairly and are able to earn the wages they deserve.”
In an interview with The Associated Press, Walberg said that the House bill did not have enough support to pass the Senate, and that it was a “political stunt” that did not provide adequate protections for federal wage workers.
“It’s a political stunt, and it’s a sham, because the bill did nothing to address the needs of those workers,” Walberg told AP.
“If they can make it to the president’s desk and do something that is not on the table, he can sign it.
That’s the reality of this.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The National Restaurant Association said that restaurant workers, the backbone of the U.S. economy, “are struggling to make ends meet.”
In a statement, the trade group called the bill “a major setback for our country’s restaurant industry,” and said that it “undermines the federal wage and hour laws.”
In its statement, restaurant industry representatives argued that the bill would not help them because it would only provide an increase in the minimum hourly rate for those earning at or above the federal level, not workers at other levels.
The industry groups said that most employers are already paid a higher minimum wage than the $7 hourly rate.
Many restaurant workers are also receiving higher tips from their employers than the minimum, according to the restaurant industry’s statement.
In addition, the bill provides for an automatic cut in tips for tipped employees.
The law is not currently on the books for employers who have tipped employees who do not receive tips.
In a December letter to lawmakers, the National Restaurant Associations’ Executive Director, Gary Halverson, called the legislation “another political stunt by the Democrats to undermine wage and pay equality for hardworking Americans.”
“This law would also harm the economic health of restaurant owners who are already struggling,” Halverson wrote.
“This bill would eliminate a critical wage floor that helps drive economic growth, employment and job creation in our nation’s restaurants.”
In addition to the minimum bill, the Trump Administration has already proposed a proposal to make it easier for businesses to pay workers below the federal federal minimum by raising the federal income tax rate for individuals to 39.6 percent.
But Trump has not announced whether he will veto the legislation, or whether he would delay signing it for a few weeks.
The White, House and Senate administrations have said that they will seek to expedite the approval of the bill through an expedited process, which includes expediting the Congressional Review Act, a bill of rights that requires a vote from both chambers of Congress.
The review act allows Congress to overturn a regulation, a court ruling or a rule issued by the executive branch.
The Trump administration also is seeking a waiver from the Congressional Budget Office that would allow the administration to implement the legislation without Congressional approval.
But many restaurant workers and labor groups have warned that it would put at risk their livelihoods and have a chilling effect on the business climate in the restaurant sector.
In December, a group of about 300 restaurant workers in the Chicago area protested at a McDonald’s in downtown Chicago, with the group saying that they feared losing their jobs.