Reports: White House Supports Raising Minimum Wage To $10

AP

The White House is throwing its support behind a Democrat-sponsored bill to raise the federal minimum wage above $10 an hour, according to media reports

A White House official told the New York Times in a story published Thursday that President Barack Obama supports the Fair Minimum Wage Act, sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Rep. George Miller (D-CA). The legislation would raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 in 95-cent increments.

“The president has long supported raising the minimum wage so hard-working Americans can have a decent wage for a day’s work to support their families and make ends meet,” the official told the Times.

Obama had proposed raising the federal minimum wage to $9 during his State of the Union speech at the beginning of the year.

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