Minimum Wage Increase Shot Down In Senate

May 1, 2014
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Indiana Senator Dan Coats was not in favor of voting for a minimum wage increase due to potential job cuts.

Indiana Senator Dan Coats was not in favor of voting for a minimum wage increase due to potential job cuts.

A bill aimed at increasing the minimum wage stalled in the U.S. Senate Wednesday.

The federal measure would have gradually increased the hourly minimum wage from the current $7.25 to $10.10 over the course of approximately thirty months.

Democrat supporters said if the bill was phased in by 2016, it could push a family of three above the poverty line, a level not seen since the 1970’s.

Senator Dan Coats (R-Indiana) was not in favor of the bill, along with several other Republicans.

“Helping Hoosiers and Americans struggling to make ends meet is not a political issue but a goal shared by every senator,” said Coats. “Both Republicans and Democrats are concerned about our fellow citizens who live in poverty, those who are unemployed and the lack of opportunities in many of America’s rural communities and inner cities. If our purpose is to increase the wages of all Americans, I believe there are better ways to accomplish this goal.”

In February, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office informed Congress that an increase in the minimum wage would result in the loss of up to one million American jobs.

The bill required at least 60 votes to pass on Wednesday, it failed with a vote of 54-42.

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