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Reid sets up vote for minimum wage increase
« on: April 28, 2014, 06:59:29 PM »
http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/204557-reid-sets-up-vote-for-minimum-wage-increase

April 28, 2014, 02:17 pm
Reid sets up vote for minimum wage increase

By Ramsey Cox



 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) moved to hold a vote this week on increasing the federal minimum wage.

Reid filed cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 2223, a bill from Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) that would increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. The vote could come as early as Wednesday.

The vote will be a major test of unity for Senate Democrats, who have made the wage hike central to their populist agenda for the midterm elections.

Some vulnerable Democrats up for reelection have expressed concern about the wage increase, citing a Congressional Budget Office report that Harkin’s bill would harm job growth. Some of them have come out in support of a smaller increase to $9 an hour proposed by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).

If Democrats stuck together, they’d need at least five Republicans to vote with them to advance the measure.

But Republicans are unified against it, which has put pressure on Democrats to minimize defections in their 55-member caucus.

Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) has said he’ll vote against the increase to $10.10 per hour, but other vulnerable Democrats up for reelection have signaled they will support it.

Most Democrats are insisting on the $10.10 wage level because they say it would lift all full-time workers out of poverty.

Reid had said he wanted to hold votes on that legislation earlier this month, but senators weren’t able to get to it before a two-week Easter recess.

The Democratic leader said Republicans are using misdirection by attacking him in political ads instead of debating real issues such as the minimum wage. Republicans don’t care about those in poverty, Reid added, because it doesn’t help their “billionaire benefactors,” businessmen David and Charles Koch.

“Apparently the Kochs think $10.10 an hour is too much,” Reid said. “They refuse to allow millions of Americans the opportunity to get out of poverty.”

Even if Democrats get enough votes to raise the minimum wage and index further increases to inflation, the House leaders are unlikely to allow a vote on the bill.


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Re: Reid sets up vote for minimum wage increase
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2014, 08:14:10 PM »
I have to, in some perverse way, admire the audacity of the Democrats. It seems that in their minds there is no possible way that their hackneyed plans will not work.

I have to laugh that the last time we raised the minimum wage, we ended up with some of the worst job losses since the Great Depression, and yet the Democrats want to do it again.
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Re: Reid sets up vote for minimum wage increase
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2014, 08:52:41 PM »
Reid knows the labor unions are pissed about Keystone.  This is a big gimme to them since many labor contracts are tied to minimum wage, and increases in the minimum wage may well spell big new contracts for the union workers.
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Re: Reid sets up vote for minimum wage increase
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2014, 09:02:05 PM »
Reid knows the labor unions are pissed about Keystone.  This is a big gimme to them since many labor contracts are tied to minimum wage, and increases in the minimum wage may well spell big new contracts for the union workers.

But he won't get it.

Democrats are desperate to fire up the base that never votes in mid-terms.  I don't see anything in their quiver that will bring these people to the polls.

Most low information voters vote for PEOPLE, not issues.  And most of them couldn't name their congressman if someone had a gun to their head.
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Re: Reid sets up vote for minimum wage increase
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2014, 09:41:30 PM »
But he won't get it.

Democrats are desperate to fire up the base that never votes in mid-terms.  I don't see anything in their quiver that will bring these people to the polls.

Most low information voters vote for PEOPLE, not issues.  And most of them couldn't name their congressman if someone had a gun to their head.

Yeah, Reid wants to placate the unions and get some of their money.   But you're right.  I don't yet see anything other than the recently successful (2012) meme of Republican wars on blacks, gays, women and the poor.  And even Dems are now yawning over that one.  You can't go back to that well every time without something positive to offer.  And the Dems haven't anything at this point.
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