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Obama On Minimum Wage: Give America A Raise

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US President Barack Obama speaks at the Costco in Lanham, Maryland, on January 29, 2014 to highlight the importance of raising the federal minimum wage for all Americans. Obama vowed to reverse a tide of economic inequality threatening the American dream Tuesday, seeking to outflank Republicans and revive a second term blighted by self-inflicted wounds and partisan warfare. In his annual State of the Union address, Obama promised to wield his executive powers in a 'year of action' to lift up wor | JEWEL SAMAD via Getty Images

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LANHAM, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama says it's time to give Americans a raise.

Obama is at a Costco warehouse in Maryland to promote higher minimum wages the morning after announcing a new executive order in his State of the Union address. Obama's action will raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers to $10.10.

Obama says no one who works fulltime should ever have to raise a child in poverty. He says he's choosing to make 2014 a year of action because too many Americans are struggling just to get by.

Obama is calling on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage for all workers to $10.10. He says raising the rate doesn't require new federal spending and it would help Americans make ends meet.

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