WASHINGTON — The minimum wage has become an election-year wedge issue.
The Senate on Wednesday failed to advance legislation supported by President Obama to increase the federal minimum wage rate to $10.10 an hour, setting it up as a major issue in the Congressional midterm elections in November. The Senate voted 54 to 42 in favor of the legislation, falling short of the 60 votes needed to advance the bill for debate. The vote fell solidly along party lines, with the majority of Democrats voting for it and the majority of Republicans voting against it.
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