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Continued: No minimum wage hike: Senate GOP derails Democratic bill, setting stage for fall elections

  • Article by: ALAN FRAM , Associated Press
  • Last update: April 30, 2014 - 5:07 PM

Other Democratic bills that have hit GOP roadblocks this year would restore expired benefits for the long-term unemployed and pressure employers to pay men and women equally. Democrats plan future votes on bills easing the costs of college and child care.

Harkin's bill would also gradually increase the minimum wage for tipped workers like waiters to 70 percent of the minimum for most other workers. It is currently $2.13 hourly, which can be paid as long as workers' hourly earnings including tips total at least $7.25.

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