The vote on raising the minimum wage for the first time in 10 years moved a step closer to in the Senate on Tuesday as Senate Democrats cleared a key hurdle in the path, compliments of the GOP members of the Senate. Democrats had to agree to “business tax breaks that House Democrats want removed,” and final “Senate passage of the legislation is expected later this week.”
John Kerry said today’s vote on the minimum wage legislation clears the way for the bill to move forward and bring a long overdue pay raise to American workers. The 87-10 vote in the Senate came as Kerry and other Democrats successfully cleared a key hurdle to completing the Senate bill.
“The Senate vote today was a giant step forward in our effort to win a pay raise for millions of Americans who have had to wait too long for an increase in the minimum wage. The $2.10 increase would take the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7.25 an hour and is long overdue. I look forward to this legislation becoming law and finding other ways to assist men and women who are working hard and trying to make better lives for themselves.”
Could this have something do with the end of the Republican filibuster? Democrats: No raises for Congress until minimum wage is increased“.