President Barack Obama took his State of the Union address on the road, Wednesday. Obama called for a higher minimum wage at a Costco Wholesale in Lanham, Md.
The president called for a higher minimum wage that would lift all full-time workers out of poverty.
Obama said that he would use his executive power on the face of congressional inaction, echoing what he told members of Congress Tuesday.
Obama repeated his announcement that he would use his executive power to raise the minimum wage for the employees of federal government contractors.
The president applauded efforts by businesses and local governments to guarantee living wages. Gov. Martin O’Malley has proposed a $10.10 minimum wage in Maryland, and entry-level workers at Costco Wholesale make $11.50 an hour.
Obama showed support for the Harkin-Miller proposal, or Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10.
At Costco, entry-level employees make $11.50 an hour.
Obama will deliver four remarks on economic policy and jobs, concluding in Nashville, Tenn. Thursday.
From right, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez deliver speeches supporting Obama’s minimum wage push.
LANHAM, Md. – President Barack Obama said America needs a raise in a speech at a Costco Wholesale just outside Washington.
Taking his State of the Union address on the road Wednesday, Obama called for a raise in the federal minimum wage to lift the country’s lowest-paid full time workers above the poverty line.