Wednesday, June 28, 2006
The battle for an increase in the minimum wage took a new turn yesterday.
Senate Democrats Want More Money... For YOU!
Yes, Senate Republicans can push with President Bush for tax cuts, but they aren't tax cuts that anyone but the wealthiest Americans will actually see in any meaningful way - although it sure will make some of the tax load easier on...well, a lot of Senate Republicans.
And those Senate Republicans can vote themselves a pay raise, as well. That'll certainly help the bottom line for... well, a lot of Senate Republicans.
Well, Senate Democrats finally grew a pair with regard to this debate, and after falling eight votes short of the necessary 60 votes required to pass the minimum wage increase, they've developed a new strategy.
Yesterday, Senate Minorty Leader Harry Reid announced that Senate Democrats would block any Congressional pay raises until this legislation passes - including the pay raise that just took place this past week.
The pay raise is not voted on by Congress, but rather attached to an annual apprpriations bill, and Reid and the Democrats stated that they would use a variety of procedural means to block the pay increase until such time as the minimum wage legislation was passed.
Every time I'm about ready to throw in the towel on the Democrats, they find their backbone on at least one issue, and begin to try and accomplish something.
Tags: minimum wage, Senate, Congress, cost of living, working poor, poverty line, pay raise
Posted by FleshPresser at 11:03 AM /
Ricardo posted at 10:45 PM
One thing that has infuriated me about the Democrats is that very issue of not having some balls. They have all the ammunition in the world to cut the Republicans to ribbons on this and other issues. Yet they don't. This is an opening and not just a cheesy issue like flag burning.