The Minimum Wage Bill is a central plank in the Democratic Party’s and Obama’s second term list of “things to do”. The blocking of this bill in the Senate (30th April 2014) by 60 votes demonstrates both the USA’s concurrent powers in Congress in action, but also the developing divide in partisan relations between the parties as the 2014 mid-terms loom large.
A vote to debate the legislation was 54-42 in favour, but this failed to reach the required 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster that effectively stopped the bill from progressing any further (all bar one Republican voted to block the legislation).
Obama’s response today has been robust, stating that ‘the American people will have the last say’ on raising the minimum wage to $10.10 (established nationally by progressive Democratic president FDR in 1938) in the coming elections in November.
This article is recommended as its overview of this Bill is an excellent example for Unit 3’s topic in Political Parties, and Unit 4’s topic on Congress (… it has additional significance for those of us at LGS who were in the Senate to hear this Bill debated live a couple of weeks ago on our latest Politics trip to the USA!).