Senate Democrats unveil agenda; Republicans charge politics


McClatchy Washington Bureau

Senate Democrats Wednesday unveiled their agenda for the rest of the year--and for that matter, the election season--starting with a push next week to increase the minimum wage to $10.10.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, labeled the agenda “an agenda for the middle class, policies that will help ensure a fair shot for everyone.”

Republicans weren’t impressed. “Their strategy for the rest of the year, and it can be summed up in three words: political show votes,” said Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Most of the planned items are likely to attract most Democrats but few Republican. Next up will be a series of measures on pay equity and making college more affordable.

Also planned are votes to protect Medicare from what the Democrats called “Republican efforts to end the Medicare guarantee,” as well as making child care more affordable and strengthen national manufacturing policies. Democrats also plan to end some corporate tax breaks.

Democrats control 55 of the Senate’s 100 seats, but Republicans run the House of Representatives, making it unlikely many Democratic plans will survive the House intact.

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