WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Republicans blocked a bill to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10.
The measure failed to gain the 60 votes needed to open debate.
Recent national polls show most Americans support raising the current $7.25 minimum wage.
Democrats are vowing to reintroduce the issue.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I):
“At a time when the middle class is disappearing and millions of working Americans are still living in poverty, it is absolutely imperative that we raise the minimum wage. The truth is that the national minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage. While Vermont and other states have raised the minimum wage higher than the national level, it is important that Congress pass a national minimum wage of at least $10.10 an hour. I am very disappointed, but not surprised, that only one Republican agreed to even consider the legislation.”
New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D):
"It’s disappointing that once again a minority of Senators were able to block action on a plan that has otherwise overwhelming support from the American people. More than 110,000 hardworking Granite Staters deserve the hard-earned raise the Minimum Wage Fairness Act would have provided, and this plan would have also helped create New Hampshire jobs, boosted our economy, and made sure workers could provide for their families. New Hampshire workers deserve a fair wage for an honest day’s work, and I will continue fighting to increase the minimum wage so we can strengthen our economy and give hardworking Americans a fair shot at success.”