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Senate Again Fails to Raise Minimum Wage
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Senate Again Fails to Raise Minimum Wage
By JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press Writer

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

(10-19) 15:03 PDT WASHINGTON (AP) --

Senate proposals to raise the minimum wage were rejected Wednesday, making it unlikely that the lowest allowable wage, $5.15 an hour since 1997, will rise in the foreseeable future.

A labor-backed measure by Sen. Edward Kennedy would have raised the minimum to $6.25 over an 18-month period. A Republican counterproposal would have combined the same $1.10 increase with various breaks and exemptions for small businesses.

The Kennedy amendment to a spending bill went down 51-47, and the GOP alternative 57-42. Under a Senate agreement, they would have needed 60 votes for approval.

Kennedy, D-Mass., said Hurricane Katrina demonstrated the depth of poverty in the country and he pointed out that a single parent with two children working a minimum wage earns $10,700 a year, $4,500 below the poverty line.

He said it was "absolutely unconscionable" that in the same period that Congress has denied a minimum wage increase, lawmakers have voted themselves seven pay raises worth $28,000.
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  -Senate Again Fails to Raise Minimum Wage Judi Lynn  Oct-19-05 05:35 PM   #0 
  - By, of, and for the conniving  HypnoToad   Oct-19-05 05:48 PM   #1 
  - Minimum Wage Laws Don't Work.  dcfirefighter   Oct-19-05 05:51 PM   #2 
  - I think your post just broke about 25 unwritten laws at DU  Poppyseedman   Oct-19-05 05:59 PM   #4 
  - They DO work over time  gorbal   Oct-19-05 06:01 PM   #6 
  - How many working adults that have a full time job is paid minimum wage?  Poppyseedman   Oct-19-05 06:11 PM   #8 
  - The avg non supervisor non farm private wage per hour is  Poppyseedman   Oct-19-05 06:21 PM   #9 
  - That's average, for many people this is simply not true  LostinVA   Oct-20-05 07:10 AM   #32 
  - How many have ONE full time job at min wage? Very few,  Thor_MN   Oct-19-05 08:03 PM   #17 
     - Yep, it's true.  nvliberal   Oct-19-05 08:12 PM   #20 
     - You got that right on, I lived this situation and it is not pretty.  GetTheRightVote   Oct-20-05 03:13 AM   #27 
     - you are correct...i know plenty of adults in rural upstate NY that do this  ElsewheresDaughter   Oct-20-05 05:46 AM   #29 
  - Raising the minimum wage gives people MORE money to spend,  nvliberal   Oct-19-05 08:11 PM   #19 
  - And borrow to make up for the lost revenue? Or just default.  madmark   Oct-19-05 07:12 PM   #11 
  - Let's not claim raising the minimum wage eliminates jobs.  nvliberal   Oct-19-05 08:08 PM   #18 
  - Interesting ideas.  RUMMYisFROSTED   Oct-19-05 08:26 PM   #21 
  - How about we really think outside the box?  pokercat999   Oct-20-05 07:23 AM   #34 
  - This is disgusting  Marlie   Oct-19-05 05:53 PM   #3 
  - Kennedy Hypocritical  Robert Oak   Oct-19-05 06:00 PM   #5 
  - What a contradiction  Megahurtz   Oct-19-05 07:22 PM   #13 
  - Minimum Wage hasn't been raised since...  NJ_Lib   Oct-19-05 06:08 PM   #7 
  - Headline from the year 2055...  Jamison   Oct-19-05 10:14 PM   #23 
  - Let them eat cake!  gizmo1979   Oct-19-05 06:23 PM   #10 
  - It should be far higher than $6.25, but I suppose that's a start. n/t  Darranar   Oct-19-05 07:16 PM   #12 
  - no should be $10 an hr at least!  ElsewheresDaughter   Oct-20-05 06:00 AM   #31 
  - Senate RollVote Minimum Wage (I am shocked Richie S is worried :)  wakeme2008   Oct-19-05 07:34 PM   #14 
  - Olympia Snowe voted No  MaineDem   Oct-20-05 07:15 AM   #33 
  - Congress pay is up $27,000 plus since 1997!  Omaha Steve   Oct-19-05 07:37 PM   #15 
  - close enough to 3 times ... n/t  dweller   Oct-19-05 08:02 PM   #16 
  - and they say people are lazy - they never equate poverty to no  28erl   Oct-19-05 09:20 PM   #22 
  - This explains the Congress' rejection of a pay raise for themselves  Roland99   Oct-19-05 10:31 PM   #24 
  - Oh gee. What a surprise.  leesa   Oct-19-05 10:57 PM   #25 
  - It does help the economy if you raise the min wage, then the wages for  GetTheRightVote   Oct-20-05 03:11 AM   #26 
  - Goverment price floors  Sgent   Oct-20-05 05:15 AM   #28 
  - me thinks two people here made a wrong turn back at the fork in the road  ElsewheresDaughter   Oct-20-05 05:48 AM   #30 
  - This is why the POOR should VOTE...  bleedingheart   Oct-20-05 07:33 AM   #35 

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