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Senate Poised to Vote on Minimum Wage Hike

UPDATE: Senate Republicans blocked the vote on the bill to raise the minimum wage. Sixty votes were needed to overcome the Republican filibuster and the vote fell short 54-42 with all Republicans but Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.)  voting against giving low-wage working Americans a raise.

 The Senate today is expected to vote on a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from its current $7.25 an hour. The last time the minimum wage was raised was in 2009 and its value has severely eroded. Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would raise the wages of 28 million hardworking Americans.

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Senate Republicans Slapped Down on Filibusters

Senate Republicans Slapped Down on Filibusters

Senate Democrats fought back today against years of Republican blockades and obstruction of President Barack Obama’s executive branch and judicial nominations by voting to change Senate rules to guarantee an up or down vote on most nominees. Says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:

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How to Block Democracy, Republican-Style? Filibuster

How to Block Democracy, Republican-Style? Filibuster

Twice this year (in January and July) Senate Republicans promised to rein in their unprecedented use of the filibuster and Senate rules to block President Barack Obama’s nominees. Twice this year they have broken that promise and have fallen back on the obstruction tactics they’ve employed since Obama took office.  

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Tell Your Senators Today It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage

Tell Your Senators Today It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage

It’s time to give low-wage workers the raise they deserve by increasing the federal minimum wage. You can tell your senators that today, by clicking here to take part in a National Call-In Day of Action. Or, you can call 1-888-492-8867. Senate Democrats want to vote on a bill to raise the minimum wage, but Republicans will filibuster even allowing a vote on the bill and it will take 60 votes to break the filibuster and allow the bill to come to the floor.

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Time's Running Out for Congress to Act on Vital Issues

Time's Running Out for Congress to Act on Vital Issues

With the end of the legislative session looming, here’s a look at some of the key working family issues still on the congressional agenda. See the issues after the jump.

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Senate Confirms NLRB Nominees; Board at Full Strength

Senate Confirms NLRB Nominees; Board at Full Strength

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is now fully staffed and able to continue to function to protect workers’ rights after the Senate today confirmed five members. The votes end a months-long blockade on President Obama’s nominees by Senate Republicans who threatened to shut the board down Aug. 27. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says the confirmations are:

Good news for all workers seeking to exercise the rights they are guaranteed by law. Those essential rights include the ability to bargain together for fair wages and living standards and a workplace safe from abuse, harassment and intimidation.

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Perez Wins Confirmation as Labor Secretary

The Senate today voted (54-46) to confirm Thomas E. Perez as labor secretary. His nomination had been threatened by a filibuster, but Republicans backed down this week as Democrats were preparing to change Senate rules to allow simple up or down majority votes on executive branch nominees.

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Senate Republicans Back Down, Cordray Confirmed, Others Soon

Illustration from The Stand

With Senate Democrats on the verge of changing Senate rules to block filibusters on executive branch nominees, Senate Republicans yesterday relented on their obstruction tactics that have blocked votes on several of President Obama’s nominees for key Cabinet and agency posts, including the National Labor Relations Board. Says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:

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McConnell Offers NLRB Vote…with a Catch

Mitch McConnell

OMG! Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says he won’t stand in the way of a vote on President Obama’s nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Well, sort of. McConnell says that out of the president’s bipartisan package of five nominees, Republicans won’t filibuster the two Republicans and just one of the three Democratic nominees.

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Reid Moves Toward Votes on NLRB, Other Nominees

Senate votes on several of President Obama’s nominees to vital cabinet and agency positions, including Secretary of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) members, could come as soon as Monday. Republicans have blocked those and other nominations through Senate rules and filibuster threats.

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