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Minimum Wage Hike Shut Down by GOP

    April 30, 2014
    Mike Tuttle
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The federally-mandated Minimum Wage has been at $7.25 an hour since 2009. If Senate Democrats, and President Obama, had had their way, that amount would have gone up to $10.10. But that effort has been brought to a grinding halt by the Republicans in the Senate.

Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa (Dem) introduced the bill for a vote in the Senate. According to ABC News, the bill was evidently intended to be a midterm election ploy. The idea was to bring a measure to the floor that gave working Americans a raise, and dare the Republicans to vote it down.

Senator Harkin nearly taunted the GOP prior to the vote. “Who’s going to vote to give these people a fair shot at the American dream? And who’s going to vote against it?”

But vote against it they did. Of course, that’s not exactly how things work in the Senate. The vote was actually about whether to continue debate on the bill or to allow it to come to the floor for a vote. For the bill to be brought to the floor would have required 60 votes, but the motion to bring it to the floor went 54-42, along party lines.

In an interesting procedural move, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid voted with the Republicans, which would allow him to call for another vote on the measure. This is because Democrats want to continue to keep this issue before Americans as the midterm elections draw nearer.

Most Americans support the notion of raising the Minimum Wage, but those that oppose it fall almost exclusively into two camps: Tea Party Republicans and business leaders.

The Guardian reports that President Obama made election year hay with this vote, saying, “By preventing even a vote on this bill, they prevented a raise for nearly 28 million hardworking Americans.” The president then tied the GOP’s stance to election activities, calling for Americans to voice their own will.

“If there is any good news here it is that Republicans in Congress don’t get the last word on this issue or any issue. You do, the American people, the voters.”

President Obama had previously thrown down the gauntlet on the Minimum Wage issue by signing an executive order to raise the minimum wage for all federal contractors to $10.10 an hour. So some people are already going to get that raise.

But the GOP counters that such a raise is irresponsible.

“You think you can pay somebody $10.10 an hour in a McDonald’s and it won’t have an impact on the cost of your Big Mac?” John Cornyn, the Republican Senate minority whip, said. “Well, you’re living in a fantasy world.”

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  • Sashay Wynn

    YALL SIT ON YOUR BUTS, CAN’T MAKE A GOOD DECISION TO SAVE YOUR LIVES AND COLLECT AN COURAGEOUS SALARY AND YALL CAN’T APPROVE A $10 AN HOUR INCREASE. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. YALL NEED TO BE VOTED OUT!!! YOUR NOT WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE. ITS OBVIOUS YALL JUST DON’T WANT THE PRESENT TO SUCCEED. WHEN ARE YALL GOING TO LET IT GO AND WORK FOR THE PEOPLE. THAT’S WHAT YALL ARE THERE FOR. YOU DON’T WANT THE PEOPLE TO HAVE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE NOW YOU DON’T WANT THEM THE HAVE ANY MONEY TO SUPPORT THERE FAMILIES. OMG! WHY ARE YALL IN OFFICE. WAKE UP PEOPLE. SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE ABOUT THIS. “LET THE POOR STAY POOR” NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU WORK YOU WON’T GET AHEAD. AND THE RICH, “YALL” ARE GETTING RICHER!! SMDH!

  • Sara James

    The Republican’s want to kill the middle class. They want rich and poor and nothing in between.

  • Ancil Gathers Jr.

    at leach there is one person keeping watch on these people of distraction they are out to destroy every thing and every one that get in they way they say that the president did not get anything done. how can he right from the start they job is to not let him accomplish anything. one of them had the nerve to say that he will not work with a tar baby. that what he say about the head of our country and no one in that party say anything. that show you what kind of people they are. so why should any one expect them to do any thing for the poor people. they are getting they fat check for during nothing but block -take away-destroy -and dehumanize every one they don’t like there are some people they really don’t like what do you think will happen to them wait and see you have not seen any thing yet it is going to get wroth. unclebubba78

  • Jordan

    It’s funny, because I work at a job where I have to be licensed and I only make $12 an hour. If this passes, someone who works at McDonalds will make almost as much as me without any training or education, just for flipping burgers while I work in healthcare. If the minimum wage goes up, everyone’s wages will go up. Thus follows the raising of prices of food, services, etc. Minimum wage jobs are meant to be a stepping stone to something better, not a permanent position for the rest of your life. Raising the minimum wage will not help in the end. It’ll just jack the prices of everything up even more.

  • JLSR

    @SenatorJohnCornyn I think everyone would be willing to pay a few cents more for a Big Mac, if it meant the people in this country could earn a living wage. You cheap, fat, selfish bastard!