WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the below statement following today's vote on raising the minimum wage.

"The last thing the American people need is a bill coming out of Washington that would wipe out hundreds of thousands of their jobs. Yet this is precisely what the Senate voted on today. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the Senate Democrats' minimum wage bill will eliminate 500,000 jobs nationwide. And according to other studies, as many as 118,000 Pennsylvanians could lose a paycheck under this measure.

"Even worse, this bill will hit people who have fewer skills and younger workers the hardest -- the very people who most need an opportunity to get into the workforce, get their first job, and start their way up the economic ladder.

"I do not support government policy that puts hundreds of thousands of people out of work. We need to stop this bad legislation in its tracks and move ahead on proposals that would actually spur hiring and economic growth -- such as approving the Keystone XL pipeline, fixing our broken tax code, and improving our federal worker training programs."