Saying they’ve been inspired by Pope Francis‘ teaching, Senate Democrats vowed Thursday to force votes on raising the minimum wage, expanding unemployment benefits and giving more taxpayer help to college students.
Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said the recent papal pronouncement warning of the dangers of income inequality should force Congress to act.
“It challenges all of us, and it particularly challenges those of us who have been blessed to serve in public life,” Mr. Durbin said.
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In a press conference designed to set the early battles next year, Democratic leaders said they see reasons to think Republicans will cave on some of those issues after watching the GOP give in and agree to higher spending levels in 2014 and 2015, coupled with fee hikes.