Blunt Fibs About His Many Votes Against Increasing The Minimum Wage

Yesterday on The Eagle's Mike Ferguson radio program, Roy Blunt was asked by a caller to explain his votes against raising the minimum wage.  Blunt responded by saying he's only voted against a wage hike one time while he's been in Washington. 

CALLER: I'd like to know why he has repeatedly voted against minimum wage increases when that's the level people that are hurting the most right now.  And it's been continuous over fourteen years.

BLUNT: Well, I haven't repeatedly voted against minimum wage. In fact, I think it's been before the House three times. I voted for it twice and against it once.  And I thought the last plan was a bad plan at a bad time.  When you raise minimum wage at a time when this minimum wage vote came around, you're gonna, you're gonna stop opportunities at the very time when people need opportunities.

Listen:

Actually, Blunt voted against a minimum wage increase three times in 2007 and at least four times in 2006 (i.e., repeatedly). 

  • HR 2 - Vote 18, January 10, 2007: Blunt voted against the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, which passed the House by a whopping 315-116 vote.
  • HR 2206 - Vote 333, May 10, 2007: Blunt voted against legislation that would provide $42.8 billion in fiscal 2007 emergency spending for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, the bill raised the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour over two years and provided $4.8 billion in small-business tax incentives. President Bush signed this bill into law.
  • HR 1591 - Vote 186, March 23, 2007: Blunt voted against increasing the minimum wage from by $2.10 an hour to $7.25 an hour. The measure passed 218-212.
  • HR 5638- Vote 308, July 19, 2006: Blunt voted to kill a Democratic attempt to offer an increase the minimum wage during debate of the Estate Tax cut bill. The rule for debating the bill offered by the GOP leadership prohibited Democrats from offering the increase. When Democrats protested, Republicans voted to kill the Democratic attempt. The vote to kill the Democratic attempt passed 226-194, with 2 Democrats and 224 Republicans voting yes, while 193 Democrats, 0 Republicans, and 1 Independent voted no. Watch CSPAN video of the floor debate on the rule here.
  • Rule on HR 2389 - Vote 382, July 19. 2006: The rule for debating the bill offered by the GOP leadership prohibited Democrats from offering the minimum wage increase. When Democrats protested, Republicans voted to kill the Democratic attempt. The motion passed 224-200. Watch CSPAN video of the floor debate on the rule here.
  • Rule on HR 2990 - Vote 364, July 12, 2006: Same deal. The rule for debating the bill offered by the GOP leadership prohibited Democrats from offering the increase. When Democrats protested, Republicans voted to kill the Democratic attempt. The attempt passed 223-197. Watch CSPAN video of the floor debate on the rule here.
  • Rule on HR 4411, Vote 360, July 11, 2006: Same deal. The rule for debating the bill was offered by the GOP leadership and prohibited Democrats from offering the increase. When Democrats protested, Republicans voted to kill the Democratic attempt. The motion passed 214-189.
  • Rule on HR 5672, Vote 319, June 27, 2006: Democrats had been fighting to gradually increase the minimum wage by $2.10 -- from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour over two years. The Republican leadership passed a rule that barred Democrats from offering the amendment. When Democrats protested, Republicans voted to kill the Democratic attempt to bring up the amendment. The motion passed 224-188.

As you can see, there wasn't a single up or down vote on a minimum wage hike in 2006 and 2007.  Democrats tried and tried to get the legislation passed, and only finally got the increase signed into law in May 2007. By George W. Bush (!).

Listen to the full interview here.

 

 

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