So far three states in the country have voted to raise their minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, and today the U.S. Senate brought that debate to the floor.
Or at least they tried. Senate Democrats did not get the 60 votes needed to open discussion on the floor. So for now the federal minimum wage will remain at $7.25 per hour.
We already know that the state of West Virginia is raising it's minimum wage to $8.75 by 2016, so would Mountain State residents support an even higher increase?
President Obama and other Democrats say a measure like this would help 28 million people--a number which includes children of parents who are only making minimum wage. Some economists speculate that it could help lift as many as 4.6 million people out of poverty and possibly reduce those living below the poverty line by almost seven million down the road.
"This is going to hurt low-wage earners who are currently employed, and that's what the Congressional Budget Office said. And it's going to hurt the economy," Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) said on the Senate floor.
But after today's procedural vote failed, this doesn't look very likely.
Republicans say that they are willing to listen on this issue, but that they won't cave to an all-or-nothing proposal. The Democrats don't want to compromise on the number, and it's easy to see why when polls indicate that more then 66% of the country support raising the minimum wage.
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