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Senate Clears Way For Wage Bill Vote

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Members of the Senate voted 88-4 Wednesday to limit debate on their version of H.R. 2.

The vote paves the way for the full Senate to vote in the near future on a bill that would increase the federal minimum wage to $7.25, from $5.15, over 2 years.

The Senate version, unlike the House version, includes provisions that could sharply restrict use of non-qualified deferred compensation plans.

Earlier this week, members of the Senate voted to limit debate on amendments to H.R. 2.

In the Senate, a committed minority of senators can block passage of an amendment or bill by “filibustering,” or engaging in endless debate. Supporters of action need 60 votes to shut down a filibuster.


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