FIXED WAGES: The federal minimum wage has been fixed at $5.15 an hour since 1997.

THE VOTE: Two amendments that aimed to raise the minimum did not receive enough votes Wednesday to be included in a defense appropriations bill.

BACKGROUND: Democrats have proposed, and Republicans have blocked, minimum wage hikes nine times since 1997.

By The Associated Press


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.