Dems Hit GOP for Minimum-Wage Defeat

Shortly after losing a vote on increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 on Wednesday, Democrats began hitting out at the GOP, making it clear that they will seek to use this as an election issue. “If there’s any good news here, it’s that Republicans in Congress don’t get the last word on this issue, or any issue. You do, the American people, the voters,” declared President Obama. He also accused the GOP of voting down the bill for political reasons. Democrats in the Senate, from Harry Reid to Tom Harkin, whacked the GOP for its filibuster. The measure, which needed 60 votes to go ahead, was defeated 54 to 42. The GOP seemed to catch on, with Republican Senate Whip John Cornyn asserting, “This is all about politics. This is all about trying to make this side of the aisle look bad and hardhearted.”