When the Democratic Party took control of both houses of Congress following the 2006 congressional elections, it promised to increase the federal wage to $7.25/hr. in its "first 100 hours" on the floor. On January 10, 2007, the House did so through the passage of H.R. 2 by a vote of 315-116. On January 30, 2007, the Senate ended debate on a bill (clearing it for a vote on the floor) which would raise the wage to $7.25, and also provide roughly $8.3 billion worth of tax breaks for small businesses. In May 2007, the wage hike, along with some of the tax breaks, was included in a supplemental spending bill regarding the Iraq War. On May 25, 2007, President George W. Bush signed the bill into law. The first wage increase occurred on June 24, 2007, bringing the minimum wage to $5.85.