I think it would get all 50 Democrats. I not heard a single one of them not support $11. Manchin already said he supports it otherwise I would not of even brought it up. Republicans I agree I don't think it would get 10 of them but that my point it would make every one of them on the record that they against increasing the minimum wage at all and not willing to compromise at all on the subject. There nothing to hide behind on a clean bill at what many consider a low number of $11. If you vote against that there no doubt you against raising the minimum wage period.
Well yeah, but that wouldn't really hurt the Republicans that vote against it. The ones that vote for it will receive MORE voters (like Collins), but the ones that vote against it know that it won't hurt their re-electability. Republicans, generally speaking, would prefer to focus on getting people into higher paying jobs through training/education/apprenticeships and solve the poverty issue that way rather than increasing the pay for someone to put cheese slices on burgers or take trash out. Ideally, EVERYONE works their way into a high-demand career that pays well because what they are producing with their work is highly valuable to society, and ideally we can automate, as much as possible, simple tasks with machinery. Then we won't even need minimum wage to be a certain amount because everyone will be making good money except for high school students who haven't figured out what profitable path to take yet (but their parents will ideally make good money so that will just be spending money).
No major party wants poverty, but there is a huge difference in getting everyone to work in areas that advance our nation and the economy and make good money from that production then there is in forcing people to make good money even though what they produce is not that valuable to economic growth.
What are the policies that the GOP have put into place to get people into higher paying jobs through training/education or apprenticeships. If I actually seen a program or push to help people who are making minimum wage be able to advance through something along those lines I would be 100% behind that. People who are making minimum wage probably are not finding themselves with a whole lot of case and some not a whole lot of time from putting cloths, food and utilities first. I definitely agree there are a lot of trades that can pay way better than minimum wage, opportunity is the key.
As for someone flipping a bugger, taking out the trash or putting cheese on a burger, we as tax payers are still paying no matter how you see it. If the job does not pay enough to feed their family or themselves because the pay is below poverty level, then food stamps and other assistance is still required. The thing is those jobs still need people to work them and if that is the case, they also need to pay a wage above the poverty level. The problem with the US is that is has become to profit centric that paying the absolute lowest amount is considered smart business. If you can get away with paying 7 bucks an hour even if the people you employ cannot live off of that, well its their problem. Its this mentality that keeps the status quo and the poverty level in the US exactly where its at.
I personally do not believe upping the Minimum wage is a solution but instead just one of many solutions that are needed to raise US citizens from Poverty. I definitely like a plan that helps get people into training/education and apprenticeships to better jobs. I believe something along those lines should also be a focus. In the end, the culture of the US is really the biggest problem and until that change well those will just be half measures.