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Coats, Donnelly diverge on minimum-wage vote

Sens. Dan Coats, R-Ind., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., split their votes Wednesday as Senate Republicans stalled a bill that would increase the national minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10.

Donnelly voted in favor of advancing the bill, and Coats voted against it. The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 54-42 in favor of sending the bill to debate and a final vote; 60 votes were required for passage.

“Raising the minimum wage creates winners and losers – it will raise the wages of some but result in job losses for many low-income workers,” Coats said in a statement. “The true problem plaguing impoverished Americans is not low wage rates but a lack of good job opportunities.”

Donnelly said in a statement: “You can work a full-time job in this country and still fall below the poverty line. That is why I support increasing the minimum wage. We owe it to the Hoosier families that depend on minimum wage jobs to have this debate, which is why I’m disappointed the Senate failed to reach a bipartisan agreement to even have this important discussion.”

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