U.S. Senate fails to advance minimum wage bill

By WEEK Producer

U.S. Senate fails to advance minimum wage bill

April 30, 2014 Updated Apr 30, 2014 at 2:28 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A bill to raise the federal minimum wage hit a roadblock in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.

Senators voted 54-42 in favor of the bill, six votes shy of the 60 needed to advance the legislation.

The bill would gradually increase minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour over 30 months.

It also included increases based on inflation that would allow a family of three to earn an annual income above poverty level.

Republicans argued the increase would hurt small business owners and could lead to job cuts.

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