Reid delays minimum wage vote

by Alexander Bolton, The Hill
February 26, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday announced he will delay action on legislation raising the minimum wage, the centerpiece of the Democrats’ 2014 agenda.

Reid’s announcement comes in the wake of a Congressional Budget Office report released last week estimating that hiking the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour could cost as many as 500,000 jobs.

Reid has not yet unified his caucus on the issue. Sen. Mark Pryor (Ark.), one of the chamber’s most vulnerable Democratic incumbents, has said he does not support the legislation.
Reid, however, blamed the delay on Republicans.

“The obstruction continues and it slows things down,” he said. “We’ve also been hampered by trying to get an extension of unemployment benefits. The slowdown has been a result of continued obstruction.”

15 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Sarrah Goldblume says:

    Just like many of the countries in Europe, if our current welfare state keeps expanding, it will eventually implode.


    The Cato Institute released an updated 2013 study (original study in 1955) showing that welfare benefits pay more than a minimum wage job in 33 states and the District of Columbia. Even worse, welfare pays more than $15 per hour in 13 states. According to the study, welfare benefits have increased faster than minimum wage. It’s now more profitable to sit at home than it is to earn an honest day’s pay.

    Hawaii is the biggest offender, where welfare recipients earn $29.13 per hour, or a $60,590 yearly salary, all for doing nothing.

    Here is the list of the states where the pre-tax equivalent “salary” that welfare recipients receive is higher than having a job:

    > > 1. Hawaii: $60,590

    > > 2. District of Columbia: $50,820

    > > 3. Massachusetts: $50,540

    > > 4. Connecticut: $44,370

    > > 5. New York: $43,700

    > > 6. New Jersey: $43,450

    > > 7. Rhode Island: $43,330

    > > 8. Vermont: $42,350

    > > 9. New Hampshire: $39,750

    > > 10. Maryland: $38,160

    > > 11. California: $37,160

    > > 12. Oregon: $34,300

    > > 13. Wyoming: $32,620

    > > 14. Nevada: $29,820

    > > 15. Minnesota: $29,350

    > > 16. Delaware: $29,220

    > > 17. Washington: $28,840

    > > 18. North Dakota: $28,830

    > > 19. Pennsylvania: $28,670

    > > 20. New Mexico: $27,900

    > > 21. Montana: $26,930

    > > 22. South Dakota: $26,610

    > > 23. Kansas: $26,490

    > > 24. Michigan: $26,430

    > > 25. Alaska: $26,400

    > > 26. Ohio: $26,200

    > > 27. North Carolina: $25,760

    > > 28. West Virginia: $24,900

    > > 29. Alabama: $23,310

    > > 30. Indiana: $22,900

    > > 31. Missouri: $22,800

    > > 32. Oklahoma: $22,480

    > > 33. Louisiana: $22,250

    > > 34. South Carolina: $21,910

    As a point of reference the average Middle Class annual income today is $50,000, down from $54,000 at the beginning of the Great Recession. Hawaii, DC, and Massachusetts pay more in welfare than the average working
    folks earn there. Is it any wonder that they stay home rather than look for a job. Time for a drastic change. America is virtually bankrupt.

    Are we Nuts or what? How do we un-do this type of stupidity on the part of Americans?
    This is crazy!

    Salary of retired US Presidents
    $180,000 FOR LIFE

    Salary of House/Senate….$174,000 FOR LIFE
    This is stupid

    Salary of Speaker of the House ….$223,500
    This is really stupid

    Salary of Majority/Minority Leader $193,400

    Ditto last line

    Average Salary of a teacher ..

    Average Salary of Soldier DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN ..

    Think about this.

    Nancy Pelosi will retire as a Congress Person at $174,000 Dollars a year for
    She has retired as SPEAKER at $223,500 a year.

    PLUS she will receive an additional $193,400 a year as Minority Leader.
    That’s $803,700 Dollars a year for LIFE including FREE medical which
    is not available to us … the taxpayers

    She is just one of the hundreds of Senators and Congress that float in and out every year!

    I think we found where the cuts should be made!

  • nbamron says:

    what a weasel; a man with ten of the stickiest fingers in our Congress, otherwise known as the Hall of Shame.

  • JONDO says:

    Raising the minimum wage is just another way to break this country’s back.By putting all small businesses out of business,THe unions did it to the factories, Now the government is finishing us off.

  • ralfo says:

    Methinks thou dost protest too much, Squeaky. Adios!

  • ChaznGwenie Gugins says:

    I don’t trust either party. I have heard all the complaints from republicans but I am just hearing talk and no action. I do not believe they are a viable party any longer. When are they coming up with solutions instead of merely pointing out problems? why would i vote for them if they arent’ trying to fix the problem?

    1. 1commonjoe says:

      Go to Speaker John Boehners website, lot’s posted there that they are doing. Reid is the Rat trying to stop everything.

  • Jack says:

    This old fossil has done so much damage to our country..where is the budget,Harry?I call Reid “Seagull” because all he does is crap and squawk.

  • Brer_Rabbit says:

    The Republicans can’t obstruct anything in the Senate, but Reid and the Democrats can obstruct everything.

  • dad666 says:

    The only obstructuion in the ‘Senate is Dirty Harry.

    1. CforUS says:

      It should be Dingy. Some people like dirty.. Nobody likes Dingy…

  • Ed Cunningham says:

    Blame, blame, blame, where, and when does it end???

    1. BH says:

      At the ballot box. Vote all of Reid’s Democrat Party friends in the Senate out. Remember, EVERY Democrat Senator up for reelection VOTED FOR OBAMACARE! And still supports it.

      1. Sarrah Goldblume says:

        If we are not careful a Democrat or Republican will
        get in and cause more destruction.

        “Democrats and Republicans two equal wings of a
        bird of prey.”

        1. BH says:

          The time to address this, for now, would be in the primaries as the opposition candidate, whether against the Dem or the establishment GOP, is chosen. When good people do nothing, evil will abound.

    2. Sarrah Goldblume says:

      Make no mistake- this government is at war with us.

      I leave you with the words of JB Campbell to reflect upon:

      JB Campbell on

      Representative demo(n)cracy is finished. Our system is finished.

      Voting only gets us into trouble. We got ourselves where we are today by voting.
      Its insane. Voters vote out of habit or resignation with the excuse that they pick the lesser of two evils. Once the elected get in office the lesser of two evils become the great evil. And its all run by vote fraud. Voting is a cowardly thing. When you vote you give power to monsters over yourself and other people that they would not ordinarily have.

      Where is the checks and balances? I am not aware of one.

      This has to be overthrown. It can not be done legally, it can not be done by a bunch of congressmen. I stand for overthrowing this insane, corrupt federal government by force and violence. The way we are set up now; we got the Patriot Act, the NDAA Act, the Military Commissions Act…these congressmen, these parasites dont even
      read the bills! They are told how to vote on them. Nancy Pelosi said if we want to know whats in the Obamacare we need to pass it first. We will read it after we have passed it. What a hell is that?

      Thats the system. Its always been that way but now its in the open. There is no legal or procedural way to do this. They have robbed us of this way. And they have the police on their side. What we have to do is to get the military on our side.

      I`m not concerned about nazis, I`m concerned about communists. We have a communist president. And we have a totally mad advisor, Zbigniew
      Brzinski who seems to be in total control of Obama. Obama was his protegé. Brzinski, the man who created Al-Qaida seems to have the goal of going to war against Russia and China. We are supporting the Al-Qaida now in Libya and Syria. Brzinski is a Marxist. They are taking us into this nightmare totalitarian society.

      We have to persuade the military to come to our side and to uphold their oath against domestic enemies. It scares the bejesus out of the Council on Foreign Relations(CFR),
      the real policy making group. The CFR and all its clones have to be wiped out mercilessly.

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