Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Talent, Bond vote against minimum wage increase
Missouri's U. S. Senators, Kit Bond and Jim Talent were among the 46 senators who voted against a graduated increase in the federal minimum wage today.
The amendment, proposed by Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, provided for an increase in the minimum wage from its current $5.15 to $5.85 two months after the legislation was enacted, $6.55 one year later, and $7.25 the following year.
The final vote was 52 to 46 in favor of the amendment, but it needed 60 votes to pass.