Democrats Fail to Halt GOP Wage Filibuster
Senate Democrats failed Friday on a second attempt to stop a Republican filibuster of a bill to increase the $3.35 minimum wage to $4.55 over the next three years.
On a 56-35 vote, four short of the 60 needed, the Senate refused to limit further debate on the bill by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) calling for three annual increases of 40 cents an hour beginning in January.
The Senate has been debating the bill for more than a week. Republicans, pushing for a 90-day, 80% sub-minimum wage for newly hired workers, have refused to allow a vote on a countermeasure by Kennedy to expand slightly a little-used 85% subminimum for full-time students.