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.