President Obama in his weekly address on Saturday called on Congress to “to finish the job” and raise the minimum wage for all workers, days after he signed an executive order hiking salaries for federal contract employees.
The president said that “Congress needs to act” by approving a bill that would raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 for all Americans.
“It would lift millions of Americans out of poverty, and help millions more work their way out of poverty — without requiring a single dollar in new taxes or spending,” Obama said.
The president took the first step Wednesday, signing an executive order to raise the minimum wage for new federal contractors to $10.10, a number he said is “easy to remember: ten-ten.”
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