U.S. Senate record vote 23, 110th Congress, Session 1

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Scored vote

Scorecard: AFSCME 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"The Senate, during consideration of the House-passed minimum wage increase (H.R. 2), refused to cut off debate or permit the bill to advance without attaching a package of tax breaks for small businesses. AFSCME supported the motion to end debate because the tax cuts were unnecessary and were being used to make it more difficult to increase the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour, from $5.15, over two years."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.afscme.org/docs/271-08_Senate.pdf)

Scored vote

Scorecard: Drum Major Institute 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"At less than $11,000 a year for a full-time worker, the federal minimum wage is a poverty wage. It is a rate at which it is impossible for working Americans to independently pay their rent, feed their families or get needed medical care—much less save for the types of investments that make it possible to work one’s way into the middle class, like an education, a first home or the chance to start a business. Contrary to the stereotype of the minimum wage worker as a teenager with nothing to purchase but junk food and movie tickets, the typical minimum wage worker is an adult providing more than half of his or her family’s total earnings. According to the Economic Policy Institute, nearly half of families with a worker who would benefit from a minimum wage increase rely on that worker’s pay as the family’s only source of earnings. As thirty-four states have raised their minimum wages above the federal rate, economists have also had more opportunities to study the effects of minimum wage increases, concluding that raising the minimum wage does not lead to the loss of jobs as critics had threatened. This version of the bill, without tax cuts for business, is significant because in the past ten years Congress showered businesses with hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks even as hardworking families earning the federal minimum wage received no raise at all, and in fact saw their paychecks eaten away by inflation."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.drummajorinstitute.org/pdfs/2007_scorecard_layout_final%20(2).pdf)

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