Obama Supports $10 Minimum Wage

U.S.

President Barack Obama supports legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $10 per, a White House official confirmed to TIME.

“The President has long supported raising the minimum wage so hardworking Americans can have a decent wage for a day’s works to support their families and make ends meet, and he supports the Harkin/Miller bill that accomplishes this important goal,” the official said.

The Harkin/Miller bill, officially named the Fair Minimum Wage Act, would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10 per hour. First proposed in March by Democrats Tom Harkin in the Senate and George Miller in the House, it would raise the minimum wage 95 cents a year over two years, and would include some tax benefits for small businesses who are traditionally the hardest hit with minimum wage hikes. Small businesses usually oppose raising the minimum wage, but previous wage increases have been matched…

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