Minimum Wage Bill Blocked In Senate By Republican-Led Filibuster

Proposed hike would raise federal wage to $10.10

Senate Democrats Urge Passage Of Minimum Wage Fairness Act
Getty ImagesSenate majority leader Harry Reid said he would bring the issue back for a vote.

On Wednesday, senate Republicans blocked a proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10, with the bill failing by a 54-42 test vote.

Republicans were expected to block the bill; all but one voted to sustain a filibuster against it, saying the move would damage the economy and force businesses to cut hundreds of thousands of jobs.

"The proposal before the Senate throws cold water on job creation and it adds to the burdens business are already facing," Sen. Mike Enzi, (R-Wyo.) told the New York Times. "Instead the Senate should be considering proposals which promote job growth."

Democrats are hoping that the broadly popular wage hike, which a HuffPost poll found that more than 60 percent of Americans would support, would appeal to voters this midterm election year. The federal minimum wage, $7.25, has been unchanged since 2009.

"It's time for Republicans in Congress to listen to the majority of Americans who say it's time to give America a raise," President Obama said in a written statement. He also praised lawmakers in Hawaii, who voted Tuesday to raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

Wednesday's debate found Democrats and Republicans treading familiar ground, as the former argued that the weakening wage floor has left more and more low-income workers impoverished, while the latter said the bill would hurt more people than it helps.

"It would be great if we lived in a world where Washington dictates what wages can be," Sen. John Coryn (R-Texas) told HuffPost. "And peace, love, and happiness will break out, the Age of Aquarius, because Washington has somehow distributed free money."

Supporters in several states, including Arkansas and Alaska, are making moves to raise their minimum wages, while majority leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) could bring it back for a vote at any time--and said that he would.

"This is a moral issue," he told the New York times after the vote. "It's not about who's going to vote for whom."

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Not sure why they call it a fillibuster if noone fillibusters?

May 01 2014 at 8:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There is more reasons than what huff post is telling us here for the conservatives to block this boon doggle of a bill. Try telling us (the american public) just what is in this bill and tell us about all of the bill ( we have to pass this bill to find out what is in it) not just the original language. IE; studys of the swamp frog, how lightning affects fish etc. Most times these riders are the reason that the bill gets opposition and not just the original language.

May 01 2014 at 9:52 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to LJBEAR's comment

Libear, post again, when you know what you're talking about.

May 01 2014 at 12:25 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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