By AFL-CIO President John Sweeney:

Last night the Senate told the Republican leadership in no uncertain terms to stop playing games with the minimum wage. The estate tax bill is a “poison pill

The only thing stopping minimum wage workers from getting a $2.10 pay raise is the unwillingness of the Republican leadership of Congress to allow consideration of a clean minimum wage bill, with no poison pills and no strings attached. Minimum wage workers should not have to get in line behind Paris Hilton and the Wal-Mart heirs to receive the long overdue pay increase they rightly deserve.

We call on Congress to learn the lessons from yesterday's vote and hear the voices of the American people. No more games. No more poison pills. No more cynical maneuvers. Raise the minimum wage now.