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14-S1737 on Nov 19, 2013

Bill Sponsorship: Minimum Wage Fairness Act
Source: S.1737 & H.R.1010
Congressional summary: Increases the federal minimum wage for employees to:
  1. $8.20 an hour beginning 6 months after enactment
  2. $9.15 an hour beginning 1 year later,
  3. $10.10 an hour beginning 2 years later, and
  4. an amount determined by increases in the Consumer Price Index, beginning annually after 3 years.
  • Increases the federal minimum wage for tipped employees to $3.00 an hour beginning 6 months after enactment, with annual CPI adjustments.

Proponent's argument in favor (RaiseTheMinimumWage.com): The federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour remains decades out of date, and the federal minimum wage for tipped workers--$2.13 per hour--has not increased in over 20 years. The minimum wage of the past provided significantly more buying power than it does today. The minimum wage of $1.60 an hour in 1968 would be $10.56 today when adjusted for inflation.

Opponent's argument against: (Neil King in Wall Street Journal, Feb. 24, 2014): The CBO concluded that a jump in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour could eliminate 500,000 jobs. For Republicans, the report provided ammunition that a higher minimum wage would kill jobs. Democrats pointed to the CBO's findings that the higher wage would lift 900,000 people out of poverty. But both sides missed a key finding: That a smaller hike from the current $7.25 to $9.00 an hour would cause almost no pain, and still lift 300,000 people out of poverty while raising the incomes of 7.6 million people.Congressional Budget Office report:: Once fully implemented, the $10.10 option would reduce total employment by about 500,000 workers, or 0.3%. Some people earning slightly more than $10.10 would also have higher earnings, due to the heightened demand for goods and services. The increased earnings for low-wage workers would total $31 billion. Accounting for all increases and decreases, overall real income would rise by $2 billion.

Also see the related House bill H.1010.

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 20. Question 20: Stimulus better than market-led recovery Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Jobs
  • Headline: Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016 (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016 (Score: 2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 1.
  • Headline: Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016 (Answer: C)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016 (Answer: C)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 1 on Economy: When you think about the US budget deficit, which of the following solutions is closest to your opinion?
    • A: Cutting existing programs
    • B: More spending cuts than tax increases (mix of both solutions)
    • C: More tax increases than spending cuts (mix of both solutions)
    • D: Raising Taxes
    • E: Unsure

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 14-S1737

Tammy Baldwin s1oWI Democratic ChallengerJan 6, 2014
Mark Begich s1oAK Democratic Jr SenatorJan 6, 2014
Michael Bennet s1oCO Democratic Jr SenatorMar 12, 2014
Richard Blumenthal s1oCT Democratic Sr SenatorJan 6, 2014
Cory Booker s1oNJ Democratic ChallengerJan 14, 2014
Barbara Boxer s1oCA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2016)Jan 6, 2014
Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr SenatorJan 6, 2014
Benjamin Cardin s1oMaryland DemocratJan 7, 2014
Bob Casey s1oPA Democratic Sr Senator; previously state treasurerJan 6, 2014
Richard Durbin s1oIL Democratic Sr SenatorJan 6, 2014
Dianne Feinstein s1oCA Democratic Sr SenatorMar 11, 2014
Al Franken s1oMN Democrat/DFL Jr SenatorJan 6, 2014
Kirsten Gillibrand s1oNew York DemocratJan 6, 2014
Kay Hagan s1oNC Democratic Jr SenatorFeb 27, 2014
Tom Harkin s2pIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014)Nov 19, 2013
Martin Heinrich s1oNew Mexico Democrat (Senate run 2012)Apr 1, 2014
Heidi Heitkamp s1oND Democratic ChallengerJan 9, 2014
Mazie Hirono s1oHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012)Feb 6, 2014
Tim Johnson s1oSD Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014)Feb 12, 2014
Amy Klobuchar s1oMN Democrat/DFL Sr SenatorJan 6, 2014
Patrick Leahy s1oVT Democratic Sr SenatorJan 6, 2014
Carl Levin s1oMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014)Jan 13, 2014
Ed Markey s1oMA Democratic ChallengerJan 6, 2014
Claire McCaskill s1oMO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state AuditorMar 27, 2014
Jeff Merkley s1oOR Democratic Jr SenatorJan 13, 2014
Barbara Mikulski s1oMD Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring 2016)Jan 6, 2014
Chris Murphy s1oConnecticut Democrat (Senate run 2012)Jan 6, 2014
Patty Murray s1oWA Democratic Sr SenatorJan 6, 2014
Bill Nelson s1oFL Democratic Sr SenatorApr 1, 2014
Jack Reed s1oRI Democratic Sr SenatorJan 6, 2014
Harry Reid s1oNV Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring 2016)Nov 19, 2013
Bernie Sanders s1oPOTUS Democratic Presidential candidateJan 7, 2014
Brian Schatz s1oHI Democratic Jr Senator AppointeeJan 6, 2014
Charles Schumer s1oNY Democratic Sr SenatorJan 7, 2014
Debbie Stabenow s1oMI Democratic Jr SenatorJan 6, 2014
Tom Udall s1oNew Mexico Democrat (Senate 2008)Mar 4, 2014
Elizabeth Warren s1oMA Democratic ChallengerJan 7, 2014
Sheldon Whitehouse s1oRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney generalJan 6, 2014
Ron Wyden s1oOR Democratic Sr SenatorJan 7, 2014

Republicans participating in 14-S1737

Independents participating in 14-S1737

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 39
Republicans: 0
Independents: 0

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