GOP Successfully Filibusters Minimum Wage Bill in Senate
Republicans in the U.S. Senate were quick to filibuster a bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour today, with the bill's demise taking only minutes.
The vote was 54 to 42. The legislation needed 60 votes needed to advance. All but one Republican voted to in order to sustain a filibuster against the bill.
It was apparent yesterday that Reid would not muster enough votes needed to get the bill to the Senate floor for a debate.
Republican conservatives remained staunch in their opposition to the policy, claiming that it would damage the fragile economy and force businesses to cut jobs. Republicans also accused Democrats of using the issue as an election-year tactic.
“With more than 10 million Americans unemployed, the last thing that this body should be doing is considering legislation that would jeopardize jobs. Yet this week we’re back in session with another one of the Democrats’ election-year gimmicks,” Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., a member of the Senate Republican leadership, said.
Reid needed six Republicans to overcome a filibuster. One Democrat facing a tough re-election bid, Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor, missed today's vote and had said that it was too much to quick. Pryor was back in Arkansas visiting the areas in the state devastated by tornado damage.
Numerous polls show the public supports a minimum wage increase. A recent New York Times/CBS News poll found some two-thirds were behind the effort to raise it to $10.10.