Republicans block Sanders's minimum wage amendment
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Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked an amendment to the GOP budget that called for increasing the minimum wage.
 
The amendment offered by Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Dems fear lasting damage from Clinton-Sanders fight MORE (I-Vt.) failed in a 48-52 vote.
 

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The amendment would have created a deficit neutral reserve fund, essentially a budgetary placeholder, that "promoted a substantial increase in the minimum wage."
 
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 EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziWe can't allow Congress to take earned benefits programs away from seniors Senate approves Trump's debt deal with Democrats Senate panel might not take up budget until October 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."