U.S. Senate Rejects Minimum Wage Hike
May 1, 2014 — Indiana Public Broadcasting — The U.S. Senate Wednesday failed to advance a measure raising the federal minimum wage to ten dollars and ten cents. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports on where Indiana’s Senators come down on the issue:
Supporters of the minimum wage bill needed 60 votes on a procedural motion to advance debate on the issue. They fell short, 54 to 42. Both of Indiana’s U-S Senators – Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican Dan Coats – say their ultimate goal is helping Hoosiers who live in poverty. But they differ on the method for solving that problem. Donnelly voted in favor of raising the minimum wage. He says lawmakers owe it to families trying to live on minimum wage to have the debate and expressed disappointment at the Senate’s vote. Coats voted against the measure. He says far from solving the problem, raising the minimum wage will end up costing jobs and not really helping those who need it most – particularly unemployed and underemployed Hoosiers.