The Minimum Wage

I know we are enjoying Fitzmas and all the other Republican outrages. But I just wanted to stand up and  say something good about our party and one of the  best reasons to be a Democrat I can of think .  The Senate today defeated a proposal to raise the Minimum wage. It lost 47-51. All Democrats voted for it.  Only four Republican did . But there is even more. Of the four Republicans voting yes, Three are vulnerable 06 incumbents including our favorite Rick Santorum[he must be scared] So if anyone ever again tells you there is no difference between the two parties. I have it right here in the Congressional Record.
On the flip is the Roll Call if you feel like either thanking or admonishing your Senators
Democrats Voting Yes:

Akaka, Hawaii; Baucus, Mont.; Bayh, Ind.; Biden, Del.; Bingaman, N.M.; Boxer, Calif.; Byrd, W.Va.; Cantwell, Wash.; Carper, Del.; Clinton, N.Y.; Conrad, N.D.; Dayton, Minn.; Dodd, Conn.; Dorgan, N.D.; Durbin, Ill.; Feingold, Wis.; Feinstein, Calif.; Harkin, Iowa; Johnson, S.D.; Kennedy, Mass.; Kerry, Mass.; Kohl, Wis.; Landrieu, La.; Lautenberg, N.J.; Leahy, Vt.; Levin, Mich.; Lieberman, Conn.; Lincoln, Ark.; Mikulski, Md.; Murray, Wash.; Nelson, Fla.; Nelson, Neb.; Obama, Ill.; Pryor, Ark.; Reed, R.I.; Reid, Nev.; Rockefeller, W.Va.; Salazar, Colo.; Sarbanes, Md.; Schumer, N.Y.; Stabenow, Mich.; Wyden, Ore.

Democrats Voting No


Democrats Not Voting

Corzine, N.J.; Inouye, Hawaii.

Republicans Voting Yes

Chafee, R.I.; DeWine, Ohio; Santorum, Pa.; Specter, Pa.

Republicans Voting No

Alexander, Tenn.; Allard, Colo.; Allen, Va.; Bennett, Utah; Bond, Mo.; Brownback, Kan.; Bunning, Ky.; Burns, Mont.; Burr, N.C.; Chambliss, Ga.; Coburn, Okla.; Cochran, Miss.; Coleman, Minn.; Collins, Maine; Cornyn, Texas; Craig, Idaho; Crapo, Idaho; DeMint, S.C.; Dole, N.C.; Domenici, N.M.; Ensign, Nev.; Enzi, Wyo.; Frist, Tenn.; Graham, S.C.; Grassley, Iowa; Gregg, N.H.; Hagel, Neb.; Hatch, Utah; Hutchison, Texas; Inhofe, Okla.; Isakson, Ga.; Kyl, Ariz.; Lott, Miss.; Lugar, Ind.; Martinez, Fla.; McCain, Ariz.; McConnell, Ky.; Murkowski, Alaska; Roberts, Kan.; Sessions, Ala.; Shelby, Ala.; Smith, Ore.; Snowe, Maine; Stevens, Alaska; Sununu, N.H.; Talent, Mo.; Thomas, Wyo.; Thune, S.D.; Vitter, La.; Voinovich, Ohio; Warner, Va.

Others Voting Yes

Jeffords, Vt.

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I work for minimum wage (the DC minimum of 6.60) and it's nearly impossible to live on.  No health insurance, two maxed out CCs, student loans, had to get rid of my cell phone, no car....  Luckily I don't have kids or other more 'grown-up' expenses.  I don't understand how anyone with a family is expected to live on this little.  It's gross really.  Raising the minimum wage is an important step to help the working class; however I also think we should put a cap on the CEO type salaries.  A maximum wage so to speak.  Have the wage be some percentage over the average (median wage might be better) income of the employees of the business in question.  Say only allowed to make 200% (just an example, ask the economists for what is appropriate) of the average employee salaries.  Hopefully the extra money would then be spread around to the other employees (the only way to be able to raise CEO pay is to raise the average wage of employees) or to increase product quality (what ever the product may in fact be).  
by IrnBru001 2005-10-20 06:11AM | 0 recs
Call to action. Stop the Republican Party.
Call to action. Stop the Republican Party.

by maximus7 2005-10-20 07:04AM | 0 recs


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