Senate members rejected two proposals last week to raise minimum wage. Sen. Edward Kennedy√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs (D.-Mass.) version to raise minimum wage to $6.25 an hour over 18 months was defeated 51-47. The GOP√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs counter proposal that would have granted a $1.10 increase with tax breaks for small business was beat 57-42.