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FACT CHECK: Vitter Doubles Down on Opposing Minimum Wage

Summary: David Vitter doubled down on increasing the minimum wage, a decision that would hurt working families all across Louisiana.



A Minimum Wage Increase Would Give 320,000 Workers In Louisiana A Raise.  According to the Economic Policy Institute, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would have meant a raise for 320,000 in Louisiana.[Economic Policy Institute, 12/19/13]


Vitter Voted Against Increasing The Federal Minimum Wage. In March 2015, Vitter voted against: “Sanders, I-Vt., amendment no. 881 that would create a deficit neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation that would increase the federal minimum wage.” The amendment was rejected by 48-52. [CQ, 3/26/15; S.Amdt.881 to S.Con.Res.11, Vote 93, 3/26/15]


Vitter Voted Against Advancing A Bill To Increase The Federal Minimum Wage To $10.10. In April 2014, Vitter voted against: “Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Reid, D-Nev., motion to proceed to the bill that would increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2016. It would gradually increase the minimum cash wage for workers who receive tips until it equals 70 percent of the federal minimum wage for other workers. It also would amend the tax code to extend through 2016 the $500,000 cap for small business expensing of investments eligible for deductions, including allowances for computer software and qualified real property.” The motion failed 54-42. [CQ, 4/30/14; S.2223, Vote 117, 4/30/14]


Vitter Voted Against Raising the Minimum Wage. In June 2006, Vitter voted against: “Kennedy, D-Mass., amendment no. 4322 that would raise the federal minimum wage to $5.85 per hour 60 days after the bill’s enactment. The minimum wage would increase to $6.55 per hour 12 months later and to $7.25 per hour the following year.” The amendment was rejected 52-46. [CQ, 6/21/06; S.Amdt. 4322 to S. 2766, Vote 179, 6/21/06]


Vitter Voted Against Raising The Minimum Wage From $5.15 An Hour To $7.25 An Hour Over 26 Months. In March 2005, Vitter voted against: “Kennedy, D-Mass., amendment no. 44 that would raise the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7.25 an hour over 26 months.” The amendment was rejected 46-49. [CQ, 3/7/05; S.Amdt. 44 to S. 256, Vote 26, 3/7/05]


Vitter Again Voted Against Increasing The Minimum Wage. In October 2005, Vitter voted against: “Kennedy, D-Mass., motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to the Bond, R-Mo., point of order against the Kennedy amendment no. 2063. The Kennedy amendment would increase the minimum wage to $5.70 six months after the bill’s enactment and to $6.25 one year after enactment.” The motion was rejected 47-51. [CQ, 10/19/05; S.Amdt. 2063 to H.R. 3058, Vote 257, 10/19/05]