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Republicans Block Minimum Wage Hike in Senate

UNDATED (WHTC) -- Republican senators filibustered today and blocked the proposed minimum wage hike.  The results of a procedural vote were 54 "yays" and 42 “nays”.  The Democratic bill would have raised the minimum wage gradually from seven-dollars-and-25-cents to 10-dollars-and-10-cents per hour.  The national minimum wage has not been raised since 2009.  Democrats argued that a wage hike would boost the economy by putting more money in the hands of workers.  Republicans said the hike is too steep and would cost jobs.

Story by: Diane E Coston

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