Pat Toomey Helps Block Minimum Wage Bill

Says higher wages would put 118,000 Pennsylvanians out of work.

Philadelphia Weekly reports on Sen. Pat Toomey’s role in helping kill a raise in the minimum wage.

After doing so, Toomey, a senator from Pennsylvania, released a statement estimating that if the bill had been successful, “hundreds of thousands” of Americans would have lost their jobs.

“I do not support government policy that puts hundreds of thousands of people out of work,” Toomey said. Specifically, he estimated a loss of 118,000 Pennsylvania jobs.

The bill, which came six votes short of blocking a filibuster threat by Republicans, would have raised the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. It is currently at $7.25.


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  • matthew brandley

    Heres a idea to all the welfare sucking trash. Try keeping your damn legs shut! the community colleges have low cost or free programs you may qualify for to better further yourself instead of working at a dead end job in retail which is collapsing right now , only your low info ass is to stupid to realize it. The local libraries offer computer classes to learn how to run computer programs to work in offices. Not my problem if your sorry asses are to lazy to get up and go get the free training thats offered

  • chethardy

    Let’s be strictly accurate here: Senator Toomey joined a filibuster of the minimum wage bill. A ‘filibuster’ is when the minority blocks passage. Reporting that he “killed” a bill suggests that Senator Toomey may have been in the majority, when in fact he was in the minority.

    I’m not a Wal-Mart hater like a lot of people. I shop there sometimes. I just wonder why I’m expected to subsidize their workforce through the Earned Income Tax Credit and food stamps.

  • The Chick

    Only people that don’t have to really struggle complain when someone tries to make it better for those that do.