If House Democrats have their way, a proposal to increase the U.S. minimum wage could bring similar changes to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a Pacific territory that hired former lobbyist Jack Abramoff to shield them from such increases. The commonwealth feared that its garment industry, which produces clothing carrying a "Made in the U.S." label, would be hurt by a wage increase but according to a spokesman for incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., "anyone who works under the American flag deserves to be paid a fair wage."

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