$15 minimum wage loses eight Democratic votes in Senate
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Senate Democrats lost eight votes in its caucus for the $15 minimum wage proposal, bringing the total votes in favor of the amendment to 42-58 when it needed 60 to pass.
Democratic Sens. Tom Carper of Delaware, Chris Coons of Delaware, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Jon Tester of Montana voted against the proposal. Sen. Angus King of Maine, who is an Independent but caucuses with the Democrats, also voted against the measure.
Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough last week ruled against a proposal to include the wage hike in Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, but Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., introduced an amendment that needed votes from all 48 Senate Democrats, the two independents — Sanders and King and who traditionally vote Democratic — and at least 10 Republicans to pass.
BERNIE SANDERS AMENDMENT FOR $15 MINIMUM WAGE FAILS IN SENATE
"At a time when millions of people are working for starvation wages, when the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour has not been raised by Congress since 2007, when the President of the United States and the House of Representatives support it, it is absolutely imperative that the Senate approve an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour," Sanders said in a statement in response to the news.