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Manchin Calls For Increase To Federal Minimum Wage

Reported: Apr. 30, 2014 5:52 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 30, 2014 9:02 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Heath Harrison) -- U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., expressed his disappointment Wednesday after the Senate failed to pass legislation to increase the federal minimum wage.

The legislation, which would have raised the national minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 failed to garner the 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster.

“I am disappointed that the Senate failed to pass an increase in the minimum wage,” Manchin said in a statement. “This bill would cut the number of Americans enrolled in SNAP by more than 3 million and save taxpayers almost $4.6 billion. We can all agree that Americans who work hard and provide for themselves and their families should not live below the poverty line and deserve a raise. By increasing the national minimum wage, we would not only help West Virginians and Americans receive a fair shot at building better lives for their families, but we would also boost economic prosperity and create jobs.”

Manchin said raising the minimum wage is not a Democrat or a Republican issue.

“We all would benefit from a minimum wage increase, and so I will continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in order to find middle ground and pass this beneficial, commonsense agenda,” Manchin said.

Manchin posted on Twitter that he was set to discuss the issue with FOX News' Neil Cavuto Wednesday evening.



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