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Republicans block Dems' minimum wage hike, citing stagnant economy

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Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a bill to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour, arguing that the central legislation in the Democrats' “fair shot” agenda would kill jobs and hurt the economy. The vote was 54-42, falling short of the 60 votes needed to prevent a filibuster. The debate started just hours after the Commerce Department reported the U.S. economy...

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