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Senate Democrats vowed to repeatedly bring minimum wage legislation to the floor, after Republicans on Wednesday blocked a measure to raise the wage to $10.10.
In a 54-42 tally, Democrats fell well short of the 60 votes necessary to end debate. Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.) was the only Republican senator to vote with Democrats.
The failure was expected, however, and the White House and Senate Democrats made it clear they want to begin a public drum beat on the issue ahead of the November elections.
“This is not the only time you will see the Senate vote on the minimum wage bill this year. We’ll be back again and again, and we’ll keep trying until we get this to the president’s desk,” said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the chairman of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee and the bill’s sponsor.