Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked an amendment to the GOP budget that called for increasing the minimum wage.
The amendment offered by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersAnti-trade senators say chamber would be crazy to pass TPP Vulnerable NH Republican ties reelection bid to Trump Overnight Finance: Congress poised to avoid shutdown | Yellen defends Fed from Trump | Why Obama needs PhRMA on trade MORE (I-Vt.) failed in a 48-52 vote.
It did not specify how high the federal minimum wage, which now sits at $7.25, should be raised.
"Since 1968, the real value of the federal minimum wage has fallen by close to 30 percent," Sanders, who is considering a 2016 presidential bid, said ahead of the vote. "Let us stand today with the tens of millions of workers who are struggling to put food on the table, to take care of their families. Let us raise the minimum wage."
Sen. Mike EnziMike EnziOvernight Energy: Obama integrates climate change into national security planning Senate panel approves pension rescue for coal miners GOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase MORE (R-Wyo.), the chairman of the Budget Committee, said that the budget wasn't the place for Sanders's amendment.
"This isn’t the proper place for this, it can be done as regular legislation at any time," he said.
The Wyoming Republican called the minimum wage the “training wage."