Snowe, Collins "Fail the Test"
The Times Record notes that one of the amendments to the Bankruptcy bill that our Senators voted against this week was a raise in the minimum wage.
Neither Sen. Susan Collins nor Sen. Olympia Snowe joined fellow moderate Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., and three other Republican senators, to support the Democrats' bill, which sought minimum wage increases in three steps of 70 cents each, to $7.25. All the votes in opposition were cast by Republicans, and the bill was defeated 49 to 46.
"I believe that anyone who works 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year should not live in poverty in the richest country in the world," Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., said this week. So do we. In fact, so do most Americans.
A 2001 Gallup poll showed 81 percent support an increase in the minimum wage; and a January 2005 report by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center found 82 percent consider increasing the minimum wage an important priority and only 6 percent oppose it.
Their two votes would have passed the
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