WASHINGTON (February 22, 2014) Hardworking Americans deserve a vote in Congress on a minimum raise hike, President Barack Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address.
Mr. Obama said six states have already raised their minimum wage and more are considering it.
Mr. Obama says he's taken action, too, by raising wages for federal contractors.
He said now it's up to Congress to finish the job by passing legislation raising the federal minimum to $10.10 per hour.
Mr. Obama praised retailer The Gap for deciding to pay its employees higher wages.
He said the move will benefit about 65,000 workers and help the economy.
In the Republican address, Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said Mr. Obama's policies spend too much and concentrate power in Washington.
He said Republicans want to repair the damage Mr. Obama has inflicted.