Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Warner & Webb on Right Side of Minimum Wage Fight

Even though the Democratic bill raising the minimum wage was shot down by filibustering GOPers, Virginians have yet one more reason to be proud of both of their representatives in the Senate.

Republican Sen. John Warner and Democratic Jim Webb voted for cloture.

Unfortunately, the "Democrats' promise of a quick increase in the minimum wage" was stalled after several Republican senators in blue and purple states up for reelection in '08 foolishly and blindly voted with their red state comrades and denied their constituents their first pay hike in 10 years.

You see, the Republicans are "insisting [the minium pay raise' include new tax breaks for restaurants and other businesses that rely on low-pay workers."

Well, it's obvious that Sens. Gordon Smith of Oregon, John Sununu of New Hampshire, Pete Domenici of New Mexico, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Saxy Chambliss of Georgia, John Cornyn of Texas, Larry Craig of Idaho, Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina, Michael Enzi of Wyoming, Lindsely Graham of North Carolina, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Pat Roberts of Kansas, Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Ted Stevens of Alaska care more about giving tax breaks to corporate honchos like Mariott and McDonalds than granting a measly pay raise to the poor saps who do America's dirty thankless jobs.

Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, Norm Coleman of Minnesota and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania wisely joined Warner and every Democratic senator in siding with labor and economic equity and justice.

The final roll call was 54-43.

So much for the GOP mantra of "up or down votes."
You got that RIGHT!

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