WAGE HIKE LIMBO: President Bush is set to wield only his second veto in six years in office on emergency war funding legislation the Senate passed Thursday. The veto also would leave in limbo a minimum-wage hike provision. Bush has said he will nix the bill because it sets deadlines for U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq. The 51 to 46 vote in the Senate follows approval in the House of the measure Wednesday night. The bill, which provides $124 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, also includes a federal hourly minimum wage increase to $7.25 from $5.15 over two years. Democrats are expected to try to push through a separate tax-wage package in the event of a presidential war-funding veto. But House and Senate Republicans oppose a business tax relief package totaling $4.84 billion over 10 years tied to the minimum wage increase because they say it's too small.

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