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Obama Wants Minimum Wage Raised

President Obama Delivers Economic Address At A Maryland Costco
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LANHAM, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama says it’s time to give Americans a raise.

Obama is at a Costco warehouse in Maryland to promote higher minimum wages the morning after announcing a new executive order in his State of the Union address. Obama’s action will raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers to $10.10.

Obama says no one who works fulltime should ever have to raise a child in poverty. He says he’s choosing to make 2014 a year of action because too many Americans are struggling just to get by.

Obama is calling on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage for all workers to $10.10. He says raising the rate doesn’t require new federal spending and it would help Americans make ends meet.


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