Congressional Scorecard Update: Minimum Wage Fairness Act of 2014

Today, the Minimum Wage Fairness Act of 2014, a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, failed to gain enough support in a procedural vote and has been blocked.

The Senate voted 54-42, short of the 60 votes needed to limit debate and to proceed to a vote on the passage of the bill.

Roll Call reports, “Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee was the only Republican to break ranks and vote in support of cloture. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., changed his vote to no in order to maintain his right to reconsider the vote.”

As my colleague Aloysius Hogan pointed out in a blog post, “The key thing you need to know about a minimum wage hike is that it will kill jobs.”

In addition, according to a survey, 79 percent of economists agree that, “A minimum wage increases unemployment among young and unskilled workers.”

To see how your senator voted on the Minimum Wage Fairness Act of 2014, see Congressional Scorecard here (VOTE 117).

The preferred votes are No on the motion to invoke cloture on S. 2223 (VOTE 117).

Read more on the minimum wage, here, here, and here.