WASHINGTON, DC (WTVN)--U.S. Sen. Rob Portman defending his "no" vote on preventing the legislation to raise the federal minimum wage from moving forward. The Senate vote Wednesday was 54 to 42, with 60 votes needed to move it ahead. Every Senate Republican, instead of Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, voted "no".
Portman says a recent analysis by the bi-partisan Congressional Budget Office says the raise to $10.10 and hour, over the next three years, would lead to a loss of about 25,000 jobs in Ohio. He says, "About 50-percent of those on minimum wage are between 16 and 24 years old, and for a lot of them, its a part-time job, and a very important job...I'm just worried it's going to result in job loss."
Portman, however, is in favor of a minimum wage which is tied to inflation, which is the standard in Ohio. "We're about 10-percent higher in Ohio, we're at $7.95 an hour...I think that's better policy."
Senate Democrats say raising the minimum wage will lift millions of Americans out of poverty, and benefit hard-working people. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says voters will remember the vote when they head to the polls this November for the midterm elections.