spook of the ozarks

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

What's missing?


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats' promise of a quick increase in the minimum wage ran aground Wednesday in the Senate, where lawmakers are insisting it include new tax breaks for restaurants and other businesses that rely on low-pay workers.
On a 54-43 vote, Democrats lost an effort to advance a House-passed bill that would lift the pay floor from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour without any accompanying tax cut. Opponents of the tax cut needed 60 votes to prevail.

Those "lawmakers" in the lede are, more accurately, Republicans. And nowhere in the story does the word "filibuster" appear, as in, Senate Republicans filibustered an increase in the minimum wage. Senators who voted for cloture? Opponents of a tax cut, unable to keep their promise.


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