Bye Bernie Voters?: DNC Platform Committee Just Voted Down $15 Minimum Wage

Posted: Jun 24, 2016 4:30 PM

Update: It looks like the DNC did adopt the minimum wage hike after all, via The Hill.

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Hillary Clinton's hopes of gaining Bernie Sanders supporters in the general election may have just been dashed. Unfortunately for her, the DNC platform committee has just rejected one of Sanders' most pertinent goals - the $15 minimum wage.

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), a Drafting Committee member, urged his colleagues to vote for his amendment to ensure Americans have a "livable wage." Yet, when Rep. Elijah Cummings tallied the vote, the members had decided against it in a vote of 8-6.

Jeremy Adler, Communications Director for America Rising Squared, noted in a statement how unfortunate this result will prove to be for Clinton as she tries to draw progressive voters to her campaign.

"Hours before the platform committee voted it down, Bernie Sanders said his 'goal' was to get the DNC platform committee to adopt a $15 minimum wage," Adler said. "Their refusal to do so this afternoon is a glaring problem for Hillary Clinton, who Sanders supporters remain increasingly wary of backing. Today's vote by the platform committee only makes that already difficult challenge harder."

Sanders challenged Clinton at a Democratic debate in April for claiming she had always supported a $15 minimum wage. That, he made very clear, was not the case.

On Friday, though, he did ensure her she has his vote.

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