September 1, 2014
The US Senate has voted down a bill to raise the Federal Minimum Wage, citing concern over workers who rely on tips to make ends meet.
On Thursday night, senators from both sides of the aisle reflected legislation that would have hiked the rate from $5.15 an hour to $7.25.
Republicans had also attached an amendment to the bill that would have cut the estate tax for the wealthy.
Democrats say they voted against it because of a provision that would have allowed employers to count tips as wages...a move that could have cut the take-home pay for thousands of Nevada workers.
The Federal Minimum Wage hasn't gone up in nearly a decade, although Congress has given itself a raise three times since then.