Senate Republicans killed an effort to raise the minimum wage, but Democrats who backed the measure said they would try again, both in Congress and through ballot measures in several states.
The federal minimum wage has been $5.15 an hour since 1997. On a procedural measure Wednesday, senators voted 52 to 46 in favor of raising the wage to $7.25 in three steps, but 60 votes were needed to move the legislation forward.
See also: Congress Stiffs Low-Income Workers at The Hunger Homelessness and Poverty Task Force website.
Minimum Wage Map.