(Washington, DC) -- A minimum wage hike is going nowhere in the Senate. A procedural vote failed to hit a 60-vote threshold needed to move legislation forward.
The Democratic bill would have gradually raised the minimum wage from seven-dollars-and-25-cents to 10-dollars-and-10-cents per hour. The national minimum wage has not been raised since 2009. Democrats argued that a wage hike would boost the economy by putting more money in the hands of workers. Republicans said the hike is too steep and would cost jobs.
New York Democrat Chuck Schumer said a minimum wage hike is long overdue.
Texas Republican John Cornyn said the proposed wage hike is too steep.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid challenged Republican claims that a wage boost would hurt the economy.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell insisted a minimum wage hike will lead to job losses.