Sanders Statement on Senate Vote on Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON, April 30 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today after Senate Republicans blocked consideration of legislation to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour:

“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.”