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.