Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a bill that would boost the federal minimum wage. The legislation – cosponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders – would have raised the current $7.25 hourly minimum to $10.10 over a period of 30 months. Future annual increases pegged to inflation would have been automatic. By 2016, the minimum pay would have gone up enough to push a family of three above the federal poverty line.
“At a time when the middle class is disappearing and millions of working Americans are still living in poverty, it is absolutely imperative that we raise the minimum wage. The truth is that the national minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage. While Vermont and other states have raised the minimum wage higher than the national level, it is important that Congress pass a national minimum wage of at least $10.10 an hour. I am very disappointed, but not surprised, that only one Republican agreed to even consider the legislation.”