Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled a vote for Wednesday to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10, matching President Obama’s executive order from earlier this year raising the federal employee minimum wage to the same rate. The vote is highly unlikely to pass, given that Democrats must get 60 votes to open debate on the legislation. The legislation, which was proposed by Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), has wide-partisan report except for only one Democrat of the 55-member caucus who is expected to vote against the measure: Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Arkansas). The move is seen as a political vote to give Democrats the upper-hand with working class Americans against Republicans in the 2014 Midterms.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday set up a long-shot Wednesday vote on a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
Senate Democrats will need 60 votes to open debate on the legislation written by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) to gradually increase the wage and eventually peg it to inflation — a level of support that appears unattainable.