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How Indiana Senators Voted On Minimum Wage Increase

The U.S. Senate failed to pass a measure that would have increased the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

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The minimum wage increase failed by a 54-42 vote in the Senate.

The U.S. Senate failed Wednesday to advance a measure raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10.

Supporters of the minimum wage bill needed 60 votes on a procedural motion to advance debate on the issue. They fell short, 54-42.

Both of Indiana’s U.S. Senators, Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican Dan Coats, say their ultimate goal is helping Hoosiers who live in poverty.

But they differ on the method for solving that problem.

Donnelly voted in favor of raising the minimum wage. He says lawmakers owe it to families trying to live on minimum wage to have the debate and expressed disappointment at the Senate’s vote.

Coats voted against the measure. He says far from solving the problem, raising the minimum wage will end up costing jobs and not really helping those who need it most, particularly unemployed and underemployed Hoosiers.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • Bob Eckert

    Coates is a hypocrite, he voted against extending unemployment benefits. Underemployed Hoosiers who don’t have a job that requires minimum wage
    (which should be illegal) should be given help to seek one, that has nothing to
    do with the minimum they would get when they find one. Fortunately this no
    vote will work mightily against the RepubliThugs come this November.

  • HoosierMommy

    It won’t really help those who need help most? Is he kidding? Those folks who are working 2 or 3 jobs trying to keep their heads above water would definitely be helped by an increase in the minimum wage!

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