Senate ready to sink effort to boost minimum wage

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  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    May 1, 2014 8:34 a.m.

    yes, the elcetion are in November, not that far away.

    That is why the dems are raising the issue now, purely as a political ploy. IF they really cared about the poor, they might have done this earlier.

    But no, their timing is perfect; if they lose, they can accuse the GOP of being cruel; if they win, the negative effects on employment will not be felt until after the election. 500,000 jobs lost


    definitely not governing, but harry and BO don't know how to govern, just play political games.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    April 30, 2014 3:24 p.m.

    " . . . the Senate seems ready to hand a fresh defeat to President Barack Obama . . ."

    Uh huh. That's what he wants you to think.

    This bill had no hope of passing. Who doesn't know that?

    But now it's on the record that Evil Republicans in Congress do not want people to have a living wage.

    I think it might be a little early for that. The elections are not until November.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    April 30, 2014 2:13 p.m.

    @ Redshirt1701, please see the comment I made at 11:14 a.m. So I guess it's the GOP that effectively controls Congress. They own the House, and it take GOP support to pass anything in the Senate. So if this is the worst do-nothing Congress in history, then it falls squarely on the shoulders of the Republicans. It's not that hard to comprehend.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    April 30, 2014 1:52 p.m.

    the house has passed PLENTY of bills. the obstructionist harry reid will not even allow votes on any of them. Who is failing to lead? D-E-M s

    immigration? as Boehner said, why pass legislation that would require BO to uphold it? we KNOW he won't.

    don't give me the "endless filibuster" argument. harry has shown he is more than willing to pull the trigger on the "nuclear option" This is more about winning votes than helping people.

    Why else would they even bring up a bill that would rob 500,000 of the poorest of their jobs? The dems want to retain control of the senate - at the cost of the working poor.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    April 30, 2014 12:03 p.m.

    To "Esquire" if the Democrats control congress, why can't they pass the bill? Doesn't this mean that the Democrats are the party of "No" since they won't bother to vote on this?

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    April 30, 2014 11:14 a.m.

    @ lost in DC, may I remind you that our system of government requires that legislation pass both houses of Congress. The GOP controls the House. The GOP has a perpetual filibuster, thus requiring 60 votes and the Dems don't have 60 votes. Even if they can get something passed, it still has to clear the House. This is, statistically and substantively, the most ineffective Congress in history. The problem is that the GOP refuses to move anything, even on stuff that the majority of them agree on. Take immigration. If the GOP leadership in the House would put it up for an honest vote, it would pass. It passed the Senate, even with the 60 vote requirement. Your rationalizations may make you feel good, but the fact remains that the GOP has refused to govern. Like Speaker Boehner said, the conservatives whine because "it's so hard". That was your leader, not the Dems.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    April 30, 2014 8:28 a.m.

    Why do dems want to take jobs away from the poor?

    this bill would cost 500,000 jobs.

    Filibusters are good things when they stop bad legislation, as is the case here.

    According to the BLS and DOL, of the 10 jurisdictions with the highest unemployment rates (DC and 9 states), all but two have higher minimum wages laws. Of the 10 states with the lowest unemployment, only 1 has a higher minimum wage law.

    Ute Alumni,
    harry isn't getting minimum wage, but bbiden is taking social security in addition to his salary as VP. I wonder if harry is taking SS? probably, as if either of them need or deserve it

    refusal to govern for the past few years? Which party has had control of the WH AND the senate? hint, NOT the GOP you accuse of failing to govern. for BO and harry, it's been my way or nothing. I'm glad the GOP has stood firm against harry and BO's tryanny.

    this is all just election year posturing by the dems since their record is so abysmal.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    April 30, 2014 7:53 a.m.

    This is about yet another filibuster by the Republicans. And if you are wondering why this is the most ineffective, least productive Congress in history, look right at the pet party of Utah, the GOP. For the life of me, why would you support the GOP with it's history of refusal to govern the past several years?

  • ute alumni SLC, UT
    April 30, 2014 7:01 a.m.

    wonder if harry is making minimum wage?