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Senate Rejects Minimum Wage Increase

Back in the United States, the Senate rejected a measure Wednesday that would have raised the minimum wage for the first time in nearly a decade. The proposal called for a 40 percent increase from the current wage of Five Dollars and Fifteen cents an hour. A study released this week by the Economic Policy Institute and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says the real-dollar value of the minimum wage is now at its lowest level in more than fifty years. But Congress has not rejected all federal pay hikes: last week, House lawmakers voted to increase their salaries by more than Three Thousand Dollars. It was their seventh straight pay raise.
Source Democracy Now!

The vote was split largely along party lines. But thanks to what Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) called the “parliamentary gymnastics” of Senate Republican leaders, his minimum wage increase amendment to the U.S. Department of Defense Authorization bill needed 60 votes rather than a simple majority to pass.

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How your senator voted here---> Senate Roll Call on Minmum Wage


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