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    Obama Wants Congress to Raise Minimum Wage

    FILE - U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks in the press briefing room at the White House.FILE - U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks in the press briefing room at the White House.
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    FILE - U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks in the press briefing room at the White House.
    FILE - U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks in the press briefing room at the White House.
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    U.S. President Barack Obama says a "clear majority" of Americans are in favor of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

    In his weekly address the president said that half of all Republicans supported raising the minimum wage, but unfortunately they were not the Republican lawmakers serving in Congress.

    The U.S. leader said Republican lawmakers did not want to vote on minimum wage "at all."

    President Obama praised the efforts of some business owners who have raised their hourly wage rate to at least $10.10, saying Americans have struggled through "stagnant wages for far too long."  He said nobody who works full time should have to live in poverty.   

    Obama has already signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage for people working under new federal contracts.

    Watch President Obama's weekly speech:

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    by: Ibrahim Turay from: tilburg
    March 10, 2014 9:17 AM
    Goods news I am happy to hear that

    by: dai from: china
    March 08, 2014 10:37 PM
    ; nobody who works full time should have to live in poverty.

    by: Parviz from: Virginia
    March 08, 2014 9:20 PM
    I like that; nobody who works full time should have to live in poverty.

    by: Gene from: TN
    March 08, 2014 8:56 PM
    Since when is he concerned about a "Clear Majority" being in favor of a specific issue "AFC"???

    by: Rowland Tella from: Lagos
    March 08, 2014 10:48 AM
    Great move by the President. Will workers in the Agric Sector benefit from the upward review when everything is finalized?

    by: Rowland Tella from: Lagos
    March 08, 2014 10:45 AM
    Great move by the President. Will workers in the Agric Sector benefit from the upward review?

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