Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
October 9, 2015

Minimum Wage Debate Awaits Unemployment Extension Vote

The Senate debate on raising the federal minimum wage might slip until next week, in part because it’s unclear how long it will take the chamber to finish work on an unemployment insurance extension.

Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Tom Harkin has championed raising the minimum wage up to $10.10 an hour, along with an increase in tip wages. The Iowa Democrat told reporters on a conference call Monday that floor timing wasn’t clear.

“Hopefully we’ll be on the floor this week with it. Now, whether or not we can get a vote yet this week by the close of business on Thursday or not, I just don’t know yet,” Harkin said.

Harkin was conceding one obviously reality; there’s no expectation of the Senate conducting legislative business on Friday. At least on the votes to limit debate, Harkin expects to having the backing from his side of the aisle, leaving open the question of whether enough GOP senators will back bringing it up.

“I think we’re pretty close to having all of the Democrats on board, save maybe one,” Harkin said “And I’m hopeful we can get all of them, at least on a cloture petition on at least moving the bill. They might not be with us exactly … on the final vote, but I think we’d have enough.

“The key is to get over the filibuster by the Republicans,” Harkin said. “I’m pretty confident we’ll have all the Democrats for that.”

Representatives from the National Employment Law Project are among those making a bid to find the votes for the minimum wage increase, having reached out to nine GOP Senate offices in an effort to get to the all-important 60 vote supermajority.

“If we don’t have 60 votes on the first vote, we’ll continue to come back again and again,” Harkin said, while dismissing the suggestion the effort was primarily about driving the Democratic base in November.

Harkin again seemed to have no interest in negotiating down the top-line minimum wage hike from $10.10 per hour, and he said the current tip wage “truly is unconscionable” at $2.13 an hour.

“If there are other things to be negotiated, fine,” Harkin said.

Comments (74)

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

author email

  1. aaaa aa

    March 31, 2014
    3:35 p.m.

    odd…finally they are trying to finish something first before going onto another issue,makes if just they could keep up the pace

  2. Harquebus1532

    March 31, 2014
    4:45 p.m.

    Don’t vote for the republicans-humans are more important than corporations

  3. James Morillo

    March 31, 2014
    4:54 p.m.

    This week is our best hope folks. Let’s do something about this. This bill is affecting over 2 million people, not including their friends and family. That number includes over 400,000 American veterans. The CBO says passing this bill will increase GDP by .2% and create 200,000 American jobs. The bill is fully funded and has ALWAYS passed the house once it passes the Senate. Not passing such a bill would be UNPRECENTED in the history of this country. The Senate and House go for another relaxing “extended” recess next week. They think they are going to walk out of Washington on Friday with their bags packed for a relaxing golf outing or a trip to the beach for 2 weeks. They think that the cries of 2 million suffering and hardworking Americans will not affect their golf swings. The average salary of a congress representative is $200,000, and in 2013, they only worked 126 days! Nice part time job! Who is hardworking? They think pulling the plug on the hopes of 2 million struggling Americans will have no impact on the overall voting. This is the week everybody. Spread this message! Call your Republican Congress person. Post this or your story to their Facebook or Twitter account. GET IT OUT THERE!! WE ARE AMERICANS! OUR VOTES COUNT!! WE WILL NOT LET THIS NONSENSE CONTINUE!

    • Jmr

      March 31, 2014
      7:34 p.m.

      Well put. Strange to figure out a political strategy of Republicans messing with such a motivated voting block here. 2.5 million affected with perhaps double voting family members. Even if 80% vote … that’s 4m truly angry voters. Logically, makes sence to end this issue and focus on Obamacare. I’m a lifelong Republican but this issue has made me reconsider who deserves to be in power.

  4. bujzz

    March 31, 2014
    4:54 p.m.

    to have unemployment benefits extended make sure to sign the petition to the White House. See link below to do so.

  5. NeedsVacation

    March 31, 2014
    5:07 p.m.


    Contact John Boehner’s office until the phones are unplugged:
    John Boehner says the implementation will be “difficult”? Is that really the attitude you want to have towards long-term unemployed seeking jobs? Its “difficult so give up, huh?


    Washington, D.C. Office
    1011 Longworth H.O.B.
    Washington, DC 20515
    (202) 225-0600

    *Number has been changed 3 times :)


    • Diana Taylor

      March 31, 2014
      9 p.m.

      Too busy, Too busy, Too busy, It’s just too hard to help Unemployed Americans!!!!!! I mean really, this guy barely has the time to deal with
      his own issues let alone America’s.

      Lindsay Boehner, the anti-pot House Speaker’s eldest daughter was married to Jamaica-born construction worker Dominic Lakhan. The groom was once arrested by sheriff’s deputies for possession of marijuana

  6. teapartyidiots

    March 31, 2014
    5:14 p.m.

    I assume Manchin will jump ship, per usual, and possibly Pryor.

  7. Gary E

    March 31, 2014
    5:14 p.m.

    If YOU have not done it yet, you need to go to your representatives web page at the house and tell them you need their vote on unemployment, especially the GOP ones. TELL THEM what YOU NEED!!!

  8. Realist555

    March 31, 2014
    6:26 p.m.

    Tea Party and Republican filibusters must stop. If this bill does not go through, the blame will be put on the filibusterers. Democrats have tried to push this through several times, the President wants it done. There is no reason not to extend unemployment now, if the current bill is not offsetting the cost enough, then work to fix it and PASS it. That’s what these legislators are voted in to work out- they are supposed to help the citizens of America, not hold them down. There is no reason to hem and haw around this issue any longer. Stop being lazy TP and Repubs, GET to WORK and do what you’re supposed to, stop avoiding your responsibilities.

  9. Icare

    March 31, 2014
    7:16 p.m.

    Remember to vote them back in for their great service to The People. OH… that’s right… 99% of the people will do this anyway no matter how much these greedy self serving officials screw you over. All you can say come November is::: DO IT AGAIN! DO IT AGAIN! DO IT AGAIN!

    • peacefornow

      March 31, 2014
      8:56 p.m.

      Well said Icare,we the people are stupid,every election we vote for these republicans,people that are on government assistance vote them in,people making minimum wage do to! So the only logical explanation is that we are STUPID!While the rich laugh at us being stupid!

      • Icare

        March 31, 2014
        10:53 p.m.

        Yes and it is time for all of us stupids to wake up and remember to make a change this November!

        And the last picture is how I feel about the so called people running OUR ‘THE PEOPLE’S’ GOVERNMENT!!

  10. James Morillo

    March 31, 2014
    7:54 p.m.
    Contact AT LEAST 5 republican congress people and speak you mind. If they can’t hear you, they won’t listen!!!

  11. DJMiles

    March 31, 2014
    8:59 p.m.

    So it takes over 3 weeks from the time that 5 Republicans sponsored this 5 month unemployment extension to vote on it but their going to get raising the min wage thru the Senate in just 3 days? Almost sounds like the Democrats are in a rush to force Republicans to have to block the bill so they could use it for political gain like they have been doing with unemployment .

  12. David

    April 1, 2014
    9:36 a.m.

    This really affected my family. When the benefits ran out we had to borrow from our family to stay afloat. This going through would help us repay them, the student loans and all of our other bills.

  13. jimv8673

    April 1, 2014
    9:48 a.m.

    Once a Republican, always a Republican. Their entire life is devoted to trying to doing whatever is needed to keep the struggling citizens of the USA right where they are. They pay no attention to the person thats running for office, no matter how vile, or stupid. This unemployment extension has become a joke, and reflects just how bad this country has become. I for one have no respect for this country or anyone with President, Senator, or Congressman behind their name.

  14. Gary E

    April 1, 2014
    11:47 a.m.

    If YOU have not done it yet, you need to go to your representatives web page at the house and tell them you need their vote on unemployment, especially the GOP ones. TELL THEM what YOU NEED!!!
    NO MORE EXCUSES BOEHNER! This was your bill to begin with! ALL PAID FOR!! You need to call your congressmen!!! email, find them, contact them.

  15. Ralph

    April 1, 2014
    1:36 p.m.

    These so call republican Senators don’t give a crap about the american people it’s time to vote them out of office begining John Bccccccch may be it time to remove all these parties and install new ones with time limites

  16. Laura Stern Hisam

    April 1, 2014
    2:30 p.m.

  17. NeedsVacation

    April 1, 2014
    2:45 p.m.


    Contact John Boehner’s office until the phones are unplugged:
    John Boehner says the implementation will be “difficult”? Is that really the attitude you want to have towards long-term unemployed seeking jobs? Its “difficult so give up, huh?

    Washington, D.C. Office
    1011 Longworth H.O.B.
    Washington, DC 20515
    (202) 225-0600


  18. Pamela Lyon

    April 1, 2014
    8:54 p.m.

    Just a few thoughts.
    The government collects more taxes when those unemployed have to use their retirement savings to support their families as a result of not being able to find a job. Note, not be able to find a job, any job minimum wage or within your former field or anything in between, So, if you are fortunate enough to have any 401k left that you are now having to live off of the US government will be taking 10% penalty on it. It’s the trickle UP effect. Oh and when you are 67 and eligible for social security, you won’t get that.
    Now, without jobs who will be funding social security? The workers of China, Indonesia, Mexico? No.
    So those of us that are over a “certain age” will have nothing. It isn’t due to “lack of updating skills” or “training”. So Boehner wants job training? What sort of training? Perhaps to become a lawyer so we can sue everyone around us?

  19. Icare

    April 2, 2014
    2:45 a.m.

    Question What Makes John Boehner Cry So Much?

    John Boehner cries to get the symphony of as many republicans to do things his way. This man… I mean child should never have been elected to office as all he can do is cry if he can’t get his own way.

    15 times John Boehner cried.

    Is John Boehner hitting the bottle? Tells Reid to go Fu** Himself!

  20. Fido Shery

    April 2, 2014
    4:49 p.m.

    Hussein Obama’s threats of Federal debt default have hurt Americans. And he doesn’t seem to care.

  21. Kat Saved

    April 3, 2014
    2:43 a.m.

    Here we find our resident Bolshevik agitator, Hussein Obama, spinning another chimerical tale:

    • erick

      April 30, 2014
      11:40 p.m.

      To reduce the national debt pass HR 1579 the “Inclusive Prosperity Act of 2013″ This is also called the robin hood tax. The bill will impose a finance transfer tax (FTT) on stock market financial transactions. This will help to reduce the financial deficit and take some of the tax burden off of small business.

  22. Icare

    April 4, 2014
    5 a.m.

    Miss R•EVOLutionaries
    53,965 likes · 42,041 talking about this

  23. Anonymous

    July 19, 2015
    9:24 a.m.

    This really answered my problem, thank you!

  24. Anonymous

    July 24, 2015
    7:48 a.m.

    An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that it’s best to write extra on this matter, it might not be a taboo subject however generally persons are not sufficient to talk on such topics. To the next. Cheers

  25. Anonymous

    July 25, 2015
    7:25 p.m.

    Hello There. I found your weblog using msn. That is an extremely well written article. I will make sure to bookmark it and return to learn more of your useful info. Thanks for the post. I will certainly return.

  26. Anonymous

    July 31, 2015
    10:28 a.m.

    I am not very good with English but I line up this rattling easygoing to interpret.

  27. Anonymous

    July 31, 2015
    1:30 p.m.

    I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post…

  28. Anonymous

    Aug. 2, 2015
    4:32 p.m.

    Good day! Do you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers? I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any suggestions?

  29. Anonymous

    Aug. 2, 2015
    5:38 p.m.

    Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all people you actually know what you are talking about! Bookmarked. Kindly additionally seek advice from my website =). We could have a link change arrangement between us!

  30. Anonymous

    Aug. 7, 2015
    3:21 a.m.

    Do you mind if I quote a couple of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to your blog? My website is in the exact same area of interest as yours and my users would genuinely benefit from a lot of the information you provide here. Please let me know if this alright with you. Many thanks!

  31. Anonymous

    Aug. 7, 2015
    4:40 a.m.

    Hi there! Someone in my Facebook group shared this website with us so I came to take a look. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m bookmarking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Terrific blog and superb design.

  32. Anonymous

    Aug. 7, 2015
    7:15 a.m.

    Merely wanna input that you have a very nice internet site, I love the pattern it actually stands out.

  33. Anonymous

    Aug. 12, 2015
    5:52 p.m.

    Some truly nice and utilitarian info on this site, too I believe the layout contains great features.

  34. Anonymous

    Aug. 18, 2015
    12:03 a.m.

    I am constantly looking online for tips that can assist me. Thx!

  35. Anonymous

    Aug. 24, 2015
    8:38 a.m.

    I am glad to be a visitant of this unadulterated web site! , thanks for this rare info ! .

  36. Anonymous

    Aug. 24, 2015
    12:14 p.m.

    I really enjoy reading through on this internet site, it contains good blog posts. “When a man’s willing and eager, the gods join in.” by Aeschylus.

  37. Anonymous

    Aug. 25, 2015
    10:33 a.m.

    I always was concerned in this topic and stock still am, regards for posting.

  38. Anonymous

    Aug. 25, 2015
    10:41 a.m.

    I regard something genuinely special in this website .

  39. Anonymous

    Sept. 2, 2015
    4:07 a.m.

    Thank you for the sensible critique. Me and my neighbor were just preparing to do some research on this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more from this post. I’m very glad to see such excellent info being shared freely out there.

  40. Anonymous

    Sept. 2, 2015
    10:57 a.m.

    I?¦ll right away take hold of your rss as I can not in finding your e-mail subscription link or e-newsletter service. Do you have any? Please allow me know in order that I may subscribe. Thanks.

  41. Anonymous

    Sept. 2, 2015
    6:36 p.m.

    Hiya, I’m really glad I’ve found this information. Nowadays bloggers publish only about gossips and web and this is really frustrating. A good website with exciting content, that is what I need. Thank you for keeping this site, I’ll be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Cant find it.

  42. Anonymous

    Sept. 3, 2015
    1:21 a.m.

    You are my inspiration, I possess few blogs and occasionally run out from post :). “To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely.” by Jorge Luis Borges.

  43. Anonymous

    Sept. 7, 2015
    5:37 p.m.

    Very good blog you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any forums that cover the same topics talked about here? I’d really love to be a part of group where I can get feed-back from other experienced people that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Bless you!

  44. Anonymous

    Sept. 7, 2015
    6:37 p.m.

    I went over this internet site and I conceive you have a lot of fantastic info , saved to favorites (:.

  45. Anonymous

    Sept. 8, 2015
    1:35 p.m.

    You can definitely see your expertise in the work you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. Always follow your heart.,about,index.html

  46. desene animate cu tom si jerry

    Sept. 9, 2015
    8:17 p.m.

    I am so grateful for your blog article. Much obliged.

  47. Anonymous

    Sept. 17, 2015
    7:19 a.m.

    Great post. I used to be checking continuously this blog and I am impressed! Extremely helpful info particularly the closing section :) I handle such information much. I was seeking this particular info for a very lengthy time. Thank you and good luck.

  48. Anonymous

    Sept. 17, 2015
    10:43 a.m.

    I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I do not know who you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you are not already ;) Cheers!

  49. Anonymous

    Sept. 17, 2015
    11:54 a.m.

    Yeah bookmaking this wasn’t a risky decision outstanding post! .

  50. federated mutual insurance

    Sept. 19, 2015
    6:52 p.m.

    Thanks for great info, I will you use it for my review!

  51. esurance ratings

    Sept. 20, 2015
    9:53 a.m.

    Thanks for the best info posted here.. Just waiting for update.

  52. home insurance rates

    Sept. 20, 2015
    10:21 a.m.

    Whats amazing note here. It would be great to use your info for future posts or comments.

  53. state farm car insurance quote

    Sept. 20, 2015
    3:50 p.m.

    Whats amazing post here. I will turn attention on your description.

  54. insurance mutual

    Sept. 22, 2015
    3:29 a.m.

    Compare quotes to save more on auto and home insurance here.

  55. amica mutual insurance claims

    Sept. 22, 2015
    3:39 a.m.

    Try discounts up to 40% on auto or home insurance.

  56. amax auto insurance lewisville tx

    Sept. 22, 2015
    5:22 p.m.

    Its easy and fast to get insurance quotes by 5 digit zip code.

  57. a amax auto insurance

    Sept. 22, 2015
    5:28 p.m.

    Save more with us and online auto insurance comparison.

  58. Anonymous

    Sept. 22, 2015
    11:33 p.m.

    What’s Taking place i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I have discovered It positively helpful and it has aided me out loads. I’m hoping to contribute & aid other users like its helped me. Good job.

  59. federated mutual insurance quotes

    Sept. 23, 2015
    5:26 a.m.

    Best quotes in the USA on auto and home insurance. Get quotes by zip code and save on policy!

  60. Anonymous

    Sept. 23, 2015
    6:48 a.m.

    My programmer is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the costs. But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using Movable-type on several websites for about a year and am concerned about switching to another platform. I have heard excellent things about Is there a way I can import all my wordpress content into it? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  61. federated

    Sept. 23, 2015
    11:28 a.m.

    It takes only few minutes to get quotes and save on home or auto insurance policies.

  62. Anonymous

    Sept. 23, 2015
    3:14 p.m.

    A large percentage of of what you mention happens to be astonishingly legitimate and that makes me wonder the reason why I had not looked at this in this light previously. Your article truly did turn the light on for me as far as this specific topic goes. Nonetheless at this time there is actually 1 factor I am not necessarily too cozy with and while I try to reconcile that with the central idea of the issue, allow me observe what all the rest of the readers have to say.Well done.

  63. Anonymous

    Sept. 26, 2015
    11:30 a.m.

    We’re a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community. Your web site provided us with valuable information to work on. You have done an impressive job and our whole community will be thankful to you.

  64. Anonymous

    Sept. 26, 2015
    5:18 p.m.

    Can I just say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more popular because you definitely have the gift.

  65. commerce home insurance

    Sept. 29, 2015
    5:52 p.m.

    Combine & compare to save more on quotes. Get cheapest insurance here

  66. acuity insurance complaints

    Oct. 1, 2015
    4:36 p.m.

    Get quotes by zip code and save up to 505 annually.

  67. Anonymous

    Oct. 6, 2015
    5:25 a.m.

    I am often to blogging and i really appreciate your content. The article has really peaks my interest. I am going to bookmark your site and keep checking for new information.

  68. omega watch insurance

    Oct. 7, 2015
    10:02 a.m.

    Cheap quotes on auto insurance! Save more when compare quotes by zip code here!

  69. omega insurance brokers llc

    Oct. 7, 2015
    11:32 a.m.

    Get free quotes on car insurance by zip code over the USA!

Sign In

Forgot password?



Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...