In a just completed vote in the U.S. Senate, Senate Republicans have blocked a minimum wage increase, deciding they won't help working families unless there are strings attached.
Every Senate Democrat voted for the clean bill to raise the minimum wage, including Senators Clinton and Schumer from New York, but Senate Republicans filibustered the bill. Because of the Republican filibuster, Democrats needed 60 votes to pass the bill instead of the usual 50. The vote was 54 votes for the clean minimum wage increase and 43 votes against.
So what comes next? Senate Republicans will be under pressure to back down from their opposition to raising the minimum wage and help working families. If the Senate passes a minimum wage increase paired with tax breaks then the House and Senate will negotiate over which bill to pass, a clean House bill or a Senate bill with strings attached. That raises a tough question: is it better to compromise and pass something now or keep fighting for a clean bill.
What do you think should happen?
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