Talk of raising the federal minimum wage has been going around for months now, but the Senate vote on the Democratic bill failed to pass on Wednesday.
Even though the bill did not pass, Senate Democrats are determined to bring the issue to the elections in 2014.
The bill proposed hiking the minimum wage from $8.25 to $10.10.
The Democrats were short five votes of the 60 votes they needed in order to have the bill passed.
The wage hike was met with opposition from the Republicans, reasoning that they could decrease hiring during times of slow job growth.
They believe the Democrats are using this wage bill to secure political advantage for this year’s midterm elections.
The Democrats believe this minimum wage upsurge will help improve and boost the middle class. Another bill, concerning equal pay between men and women, also failed to pass on a procedural vote.
Despite the bill being met with opposition from the Republicans, the Democrats have filed a discharge petition for the bill. This would enforce a House vote if they can get the bulk of the chamber to sign the discharge petition.
As of now, 195 Democrats have signed and need only 23 Republicans to sign the petition. However, as of now, there are no Republican signatures.