Reports: White House Supports Raising Minimum Wage To $10

The White House is shown in Washington, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, as discussion continues on what action the administration will take regarding Syria and the use of chemical weapons. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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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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