GOP blocks minimum wage bill in Senate
April 30th, 2014
12:48 PM ET
3 months ago

GOP blocks minimum wage bill in Senate

(CNN) – Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a top legislative and political priority of Democrats, a bill to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

The measure failed to gain enough support in a procedural vote to open debate.

In framing the issue ahead of November's midterm elections, Democrats have portrayed the GOP as insensitive to the needs of low-wage workers.

FULL POST


Filed under: Minimum wage • Senate Republicans
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Dead Bear

    Wouldn't it be nice if the GOP actually cared about 100% of Americans instead of just 1%? Are the Koch brothers' tablescraps really worth selling the rest of us down the river for?

    April 30, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "glad to see this lousy bill didn't make it out of the Senate..."

    List SPECIFICS of what's lousy about it. Ready? GO!

    April 30, 2014 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "GOP/Teatroll response: "No were not. We're very sensitive to their needs. They NEED to get another job."

    Or two or three. Just to be sure.

    Never know when Corporate America will covet another island, gold toilet, or car elevator.

    April 30, 2014 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. Jesse Hamm

    The government has no right telling a private business owner what he should pay his employees when the employees willingly applied for the position and agreed to the terms of employment.

    April 30, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. Tom

    Was anyone really expecting this bill to pass? This one feels like agenda posturing for the 2014 midterm election. Republicans (predictably) shot down a bill to help lower income Americans, now the Democrats have an issue for 2014. It's going to be repeal Obamacare vs. income inequality unless, of course, some other issue comes along to render both strategies useless.

    April 30, 2014 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    "The measure failed to gain enough support in a procedural vote to open debate."
    -----------------------------------------–
    That means that the Republicans silently filibustered the bill behind closed doors. The bill had a majority of votes in the Senate, but it couldn't reach the required 60 to break the Republican filibuster.

    Eliminate the silent filibuster. It's dysfunctional. A single person shouldn't be able to anonymously block multiple bills at once.

    April 30, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. nate w

    What's magic about $10.10? Why not $12.10? Why not $20.10? Why not $100.10? Heck good old Senator Reid could just legislate everyone to make $1000.10/hr the way some people think economics work. Please study supply and demand for 2 seconds before voting in this nonsense.

    April 30, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. much thunder...little rain

    how about learning a job skill so you dont have to work for 7 .25..or ..10.10...you can make it on either one...

    April 30, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. MARILYN WAYTE

    Never wanted 10.10 anyway. 15.00 more like it. Regroup Dems. go back and ask for more please cause 10.10 isn't enough.

    April 30, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    nate w

    What's magic about $10.10? Why not $12.10? Why not $20.10? Why not $100.10? Heck good old Senator Reid could just legislate everyone to make $1000.10/hr the way some people think economics work. Please study supply and demand for 2 seconds before voting in this nonsense.
    ------------------------------
    Okay. Uh. If there's no supply of money, then there's no demand for goods?

    April 30, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    Its alsways fun watching the mouth-breathers on here scream about how inconvenient it supposedly is to raise the min wage to $10.10. This is what is required to survive in this day and age, not to scam off of people. As someone who has been forced to take jobs at wages like that as recently as 10 years ago, I can tell you that min wage is not some sort of a gift, it is a sentence. No one aspires to that. People want more, but its people who sit in offices and decide who they will fire today are the ones with no economic sense at all.

    April 30, 2014 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Dumbas[R]ocks

    It boggles the mind that supposedly sentient American humans still exist who are stupid enough to continue to vote for [R] politicians.

    April 30, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Hank Warner

    Why not pass a bill mandating fair wages based off of differentials? For instance, if your job exposes you to a substantial amount of health risk by frequent exposure to toxins or bodily fluids, perhaps there should be a law that provides a fair differential pay above minimum wage to compensate for those risks. Seems a lot more fair.

    April 30, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Many people have plenty of job skills yet they still can't find a decent paying job. I bet many out there picketing at least know sentences start with a capital letter and end with some form of punctuation......

    The bottom line is companies know people are desperate to work and small wages are better than no wages and many people have been forced to work for much less than they previously would have. Heck I'm now making what I was making in 08 before I lost my job. And yes I have an education. And it only took me 2-1/2 years to get here...

    April 30, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. Bessy

    Of course they did ! They don't give a damn about the average guy. They don't care if they have to work 2-3 jobs just to make ends meet. The real people responsible for this action is the people who keep voting to put them in office.

    April 30, 2014 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. Silence DoGood

    We already subsidize workers at places like Walmart. They work and still need to be on food stamps. With a decent minimum wage, maybe they could get off food stamps! Doesn't that sound like a conservative goal?

    April 30, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. just saying

    Silence DoGood
    We already subsidize workers at places like Walmart. They work and still need to be on food stamps. With a decent minimum wage, maybe they could get off food stamps! Doesn't that sound like a conservative goal?
    -–

    they are on food stamps because obama and the democrats lowered the requirements to practically nothing. fraud is rampant. people getting multiple cards, selling them, totally ridiculous. and they refuse to crack down on the fraud. not their money, who cares? tax payers care!!

    April 30, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Thank you to the Republicans for saving 500,000 – 1,000,000 jobs!!! Good work!!!

    April 30, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Denise

    The irony is that the folks voting GOP are the ones who could benefit the most from ACA and minimum wage increase.

    April 30, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    And there you have it Denise!!👏

    It's hate that motivates them!

    April 30, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. sonny chapman

    The Repubs. would LIKE to be for the Middle Class of America(70% of US Economy) BUT, Koch Bros. won't let them.

    April 30, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. smith

    Raising the min, wage to 10.10 would do nothing because everything (products, services, utilities, and etc) would raise right along with the min.wage. This is a sad attempt by dems to make non-dems look hateful towards poor people.

    April 30, 2014 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
1 2