Thursday, June 22, 2006

Senate Republicans Block Boost in Minimum Wage

Senate Republicans killed an effort to raise the minimum wage... AGAIN!!!

The federal minimum wage has been $5.15 an hour since 1997. On a procedural measure senators voted 52 to 46 in favor of raising the wage to $7.25 in three steps, but 60 votes were needed to move the legislation forward.

"Part of American values are economic fairness," Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) said during the debate on the Senate floor, pointing to a map of states with ballot initiatives. "The demand for fairness is sweeping the country like a brush fire."

Kennedy noted that Congress had raised its own pay over the last nine years by $31,600.

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