Minimum Wage Bill Faces Tax Break Additions After Vote To End Debate Fails

Capitol Hill (AP) -- The minimum wage bill has run aground for now.

By a 54-to-43 vote, the Senate has rejected efforts to advance the legislation. Two weeks ago, the House passed the measure which would raise the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7.25. Opponents say the increase must be accompanied by new tax breaks for restaurants and other businesses that rely on low-paid workers.

The vote sends a message to House Democrats and liberals in the Senate that only a hybrid tax-and-minimum-wage package will succeed in the Senate.

Raising the minimum wage is one of the new Democratic Congress' top priorities. It hasn't changed in ten years.

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