A Republican filibuster put an end to Democrats' hopes for a minimum wage bill to come up in the U. S. Senate last week, but the Number Two man in that chamber says that's only temporary.
“We'll call it again. We'll call it until we pass it,” said U. S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) “We have 1.5 million Illinoisans working on the minimum wage. They need a raise. They need to be able to survive from paycheck to paycheck and have some money left over for their families.”
U. S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) disagrees with Durbin's logic.
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“According to the Department of Labor statistics, 59 percent of Americans get their income on (an) hourly wage,” he said. “And of those hourly-wage workers, four percent of them are minimum wage. So it represents just about under two percent of the population that works for the minimum wage. The demographic of those people are folks that are younger than me (32): first-time workers (and) part-time workers.”
Schock says the real question is, what can the federal government do to help businesses in Illinois.
The bill would have raised the federal minimum from $7.25 an hour to $10.10.