Cornyn (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Senate Republican leaders plan to filibuster President Barack Obama’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour when it comes up for an initial test vote Wednesday, and are pushing for a vote soon on the Keystone XL pipeline instead.
“Cloture will not be invoked,” said Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas.
“Minimum wage is an important issue for the American people,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. “All that we are asking is that we are allowed to get on the bill.”
The bill is part of an agenda Democrats unveiled before the recess that is focused on helping the middle class.
But Republicans charge Democrats with using the minimum wage issue for political gain.
Republican Conference Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., said the minimum wage bill isn’t intended to find a consensus.
“For the Democrats it’s a political exercise, so I think they figure they will get something out of it,” Thune said. “But I think we are pretty unified against this just because it’s a bad policy that hurts jobs and the economy. We don’t think that this is something we ought to be talking about now.” Full story