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Minimum wage hike fails in U.S. Senate; Ohio's senators split
Brown backs the hike to $10.10; Portman opposes
Story by LYNDSEY SCHLEY


 
Dem. Sen. Sherrod Brown voted to end the filibuster on the minimum wage hike. Rep. Sen. Rob Portman voted against it.
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Ohio’s Sherrod Brown was one of the mostly Democratic senators who voted to end the filibuster today to hike the minimum wage.

Brown said he cannot understand the motives of the senators who voted against it.

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“It has a third less than the 1968 minimum wage in buying power," Brown says. "Why they would possibly vote against this, I really don’t understand it except for the political interest groups that oppose and that’s just not a good enough reason.”

Brown says raising the minimum to $10.10 an hour a moral issue and such hikes used to pass regularly on a bipartisan basis.

Ohio’s Republican Sen. Ron Portman voted against ending the filibuster.

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