Obama: It’s Time To Give America A Raise

WASHINGTON (March 8, 2014) President Barack Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address that he's hearing from business owners across the country who are voluntarily paying their workers more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

Mr. Obama said those actions show that change comes to Washington, not from it.

Congressional Republicans are resisting Mr. Obama's call to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

The president recorded the address in Washington before leaving Friday for a weekend in Florida.

In the Republican address, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said Mr. Obama's proposed 2015 budget taxes too much and spends too much.

Portman says Senate Republicans have a plan to spark economic recovery by getting government out of the way.

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