*(Via USA Today) – WASHINGTON — A Democratic bill to raise the federal minimum wage failed in a key procedural vote in the Senate on Wednesday. The defeat was expected, but that did not deter President Obama and Senate Democrats who have pledged to make it an issue in the 2014 elections.
Hours after the vote, President Obama lashed out against Republican lawmakers for blocking the legislation, citing polling that shows a majority of Americans support a hike in the minimum wage.
In remarks at the White House, he said Americans shouldn’t be deterred by the vote and urged voters to pressure GOP lawmakers to embrace raising the minimum wage, which was increased to $7.25 in 2008.”
“If your member of Congress doesn’t support raising the minimum wage, you got to let them know they are out of step, and if they keep putting politics ahead of working Americans, you’ll put them out of office,” Obama said.