Pres. Obama Wants To Raise Minimum Wage For Federal Contract Workers

Source: Arlette Saenz / ABC News

In his State of the Union speech tonight, President Obama will announce his intent to use his executive authority to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10, the White House said Tuesday.

The move is the latest signal of the president’s willingness to use executive action to bypass Congress when they are not passing legislation, a strategy he will stress in his State of the Union address.

The new executive order will increase pressure on Congress to pass legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., that raises the minimum wage for all workers from $7.25 to $10.10.

The minimum wage hike the president will introduce tonight will apply only to new federal contract workers, giving contractors time to adjust and price their bids.  The workers who will be affected by this increase include janitors and construction workers working on federal sites as well as military base workers who make minimum wage.

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