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    Senate Republicans Block Minimum Wage Bill
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    Low-wage workers rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, April 28, 2014, to urge Congress to raise the minimum wage as lawmakers return to Washington following a two week hiatus. Democrats been pushing to lift the minimum wage but even if any legislation is passed in the Senate, it is certain to be ignored in the Republican-controlled House. (AP Photo)

    A Democratic bill to raise the federal minimum wage hit a roadblock on Wednesday when Senate Republicans blocked the legislation. The bill was six votes shy of the 60 needed to advance election-year legislation to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 over the span of 30 months. President Obama criticized the Republicans after the vote, saying, about three in four Americans support raising the minimum wage. "This is a very simple issue, either you're in favor of raising wages for hardworking Americans, or you're not," he said.

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