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Tue Apr 1, 2014, 07:49 AM

Senate Democrats Threaten Repeated Votes On Minimum Wage


Senate Democrats Threaten Repeated Votes On Minimum Wage
Sahil Kapur March 31, 2014, 2:24 PM EDT

Senate Democrats are willing to hold repeated votes on legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour if Republicans filibuster it, says the author of the bill.

"I can tell you that if we don't get 60 votes on cloture we're going to come back again and again," said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. "We're not just going to walk away after one vote. It's too important for that."

On a conference call with reporters Monday, Harkin said Democrats are "close" to the 60 votes needed to defeat an expected filibuster and ensure passage of the bill through the Senate, positing that all but one Democrats are on board. He said he expects a floor vote this week or next.

A minimum wage hike -- a core plank of the Democrats' 2014 agenda -- is backed by three in four Americans, according to a Gallup poll in November. A recent report by the Congressional Budget Office found that lifting the wage to $10.10 per hour would boost the earnings of 16.5 million workers while costing about 500,000 jobs by the second half of 2016.

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greymattermom Apr 2014 #1

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Tue Apr 1, 2014, 07:54 AM

1. A great plan

Republicans can't really complain about repeated votes, and they will be on the record voting against this very modest minimum wage. How many times? He/she voted against $10/hour 5 times, 10 times, the commercials write themselves.

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