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President Again Calling on Republicans to Raise Minimum Wage

Posted Saturday, April 26th 2014 @ 12pm  by KFBK News

The president is once more calling on republicans to support an increase in the minimum wage.

During his weekly address to the nation, President Obama pushed congress to raise the federal minimum wage to ten-dollars-and-ten cents an hour, increasing it from seven-twenty-five an hour.

Such a move would affect nearly 28-million people. 

'And we're not just talking about young people on their first job. The average minimum wage worker is thirty-five-years-old. They work hard, often and physically demanding jobs,' the president says.

The suggested increase is supported by more than 70 percent of Americans. However, a measure to increase the minimum wage nationwide is unlikely to be passed by congress.

The GOP claims it would kill about 500-thousand jobs, Obama says no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty.

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