Obama Supports Raising Minimum Wage To $10 An Hour

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President Barack Obama supports legislation to gradually raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, from its current level of $7.25, a White House official told TPM.

“The President has long supported raising the minimum wage,” the official said, “so hardworking Americans can have a decent wage for a day’s works to support their families and make ends meet, and he supports the Harkin/Miller bill that accomplishes this important goal.”

The bill was introduced earlier this year by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Rep. George Miller (D-CA). It lifts the wage higher than the $9 figure Obama proposed earlier this year in his State of the Union speech.


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