House GOP votes down minimum wage increase. So did these six Dems.


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Here are the final vote results for a bill that would have increased the minimum wage and helped a whole lot of people who could use a few more dollars in their wallets. Democrats tried to bring the national minimum wage of $7.25 up to $10.10 by 2015 via an amendment to a jobs training program bill.

That didn't work out very well.

Then again, neither did this income equality:

chart graph income inequality labor v corporate profits

House Republicans voted down the minimum wage proposal unanimously, so feel free to thank them. But some of that gratitude should be extended to the six Democrats who joined them. Here are their names:

John Barrow 

Jim Matheson

Mike McIntyre

Bill Owens

Collin Peterson

Kurt Schrader

  • r_dale

    I'm sorry to say that Matheson "represents" me, but in truth he only represents himself. He sticks his finger into the political winds and sees what's best for his only constituent, Jim Matheson, and then votes his wallet. He's what passes for a Democrat in Utah.

  • David G

    Just one more reason why we need to dump the chump -- vote out all incumbents because until we start with a clean slate, nothing meaningful (other than further destruction to our country) will be accomplished. Then, with new face and new voices, we will send our message. Being responsible to the people, not driving them down, is what they're elected to uphold. DG

  • All Blue Dogs except for Bill Owens who was a registered Independent and chosen to run in a special election to fill the seat vacated by Republican John McHugh. Because he was a registered Independent at the time, Owens had to obtain
    the signatures of all 11 Democratic county chairs in the district to
    allow him to run as a Democrat.

  • I continually wonder at the One Percenters who claim the rest of us -- whom they apparently think should be able to lift ourselves up economically without the benefits of a higher minimum wage, union protection, health care, or Social Security -- are the ones waging "class warfare" . . .

  • Don

    We've seen Republicans label their own: RINO (Republican in name only) due to their less-than-far-right stance on the issues. These Dem's have earned the moniker: kinda fits...I could think of a few other adjectives for these morons who sold out their party, and the American people, but I'll leave it at that...

  • Works for me!

  • KarenJ

    Kurt Schrader is not my U.S. Representative (Susan Bonamici is), so I can't post a question to him on his contact page. But I plan to ask him via Twitter why he voted no.