SEATTLE -

On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Suzan DelBene brought their fight to raise the national minimum wage to $10.10 an hour to Seattle, where advocates want to raise it $5 higher.

The small business owner who hosted their news conference thinks the national proposal would be easier to swallow.

Molly Neitzel, owner of Molly Moon's Ice Cream, says she already pays most of her employees more than the Washington state minimum of $9.32 an hour and the people who make the ice cream earn at least $15 an hour. She would prefer to see increases phased in for small businesses, but believes paying people more would bring her more businesses.

Murray says she expects the national minimum wage increase will get a vote in the Senate during the first week of March.