Senate To Vote On Minimum Wage Hike: GOP Filibuster Expected

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, joins Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., left, and other senators at a "Back Off Social Security" rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 28, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has set up a procedural vote in the Senate for Wednesday to advance a bill hiking the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, a central campaign issue for Democrats ahead of the 2014 congressional elections.

Sixty votes are needed to break a filibuster, and Democrats are unlikely to get there because not a single Republican senator is on board.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), is strongly backed by President Barack Obama. It would phase in the federal minimum wage hike, from the existing $7.25 per house, to $10.10 per hour over three years.

Harkin will be joined by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Al Franken (D-MN) to tout the bill in the Capitol on Tuesday. Democrats have threatened to hold repeated votes on the measure in the event of a Republican filibuster.

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