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Obama continues his push for minimum wage rise

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 00:49

April 26 - U.S. President Barack Obama urges Republicans to support a minimum wage hike in his weekly address for the fifth time this year. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) For the fifth Saturday this year, the White House used the president's weekly address to push Republicans to support an increase in the minimum wage, a key part of President Barack Obama's voter-friendly economic agenda aimed at keeping Democrats in control of the U.S. Senate. Obama has been pushing Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, up from the current level of $7.25, a move that he says would lift wages for almost 28 million people and is supported by more than 70 percent of Americans. "While not all of us always see eye-to-eye politically, one thing we overwhelmingly agree on is that nobody who works full-time should ever have to live in poverty," Obama said in his address. The measure is unlikely to pass Congress. Republicans argue it would kill jobs, pointing to a non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimate that it would cost about 500,000 people their jobs even as it lifted 900,000 people out of poverty.

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Obama continues his push for minimum wage rise

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 00:49