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Weekly Address: Time to Lift the Minimum Wage and Give America a Raise

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Hi, everybody.

Restoring the idea of opportunity for all requires a year of action from all of us. Wherever I can act on my own, I will – and whenever I can ask more Americans to help, I'll do that too.

In my State of the Union Address, for example, I asked more business leaders to take action to raise their employees' wages. Because even though our economy is growing, and our businesses have created about eight and a half million new jobs over the past four years, average wages have barely budged.

So it's good news that, earlier this week, one of America's largest retailers, The Gap, decided to raise wages for its employees beginning this year. Their decision will benefit about 65,000 workers in the U.S. That means more families will be able to raise their kids, finish their studies, or keep up on their bills with a little less financial stress and strain.

Gap's CEO explained their decision simply – he said, "[It's] right for our brands, good for our people, and beneficial to our customers." And he's right – raising Americans' wages isn't just a good deed; it's good business and good for our economy. It helps reduce turnover, it boosts productivity, and it gives folks some more money to spend at local businesses.

And as a chief executive myself, that's why I took action last week to lift more workers' wages by requiring federal contractors to pay their employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour.

In the year since I first asked Congress to raise the minimum wage, six states have passed laws to raise theirs, and more states are working on it as we speak. But only Congress can finish the job and lift Americans' wages across the country.

Right now, there's a bill before Congress that would boost America's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. That's easy to remember – "ten-ten." That bill would lift wages for more than 16 million Americans without requiring a single dollar in new taxes or spending. But even though a majority of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans across the country support raising the minimum wage, Republicans in Congress don't want to give it a vote.

Hardworking Americans deserve better than "no." Let's tell Congress to say "yes." Pass that bill. Give America a raise. Because here in America, no one who works hard should have to live in poverty – and everyone who works hard should have a chance to get ahead.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.

网友的学习评论(14条):
作者:雄雄
President Obama cares about the people, the United States government concerned with the people.
作者:雄雄
China's economic growth has nothing to do with the people , and has nothing to do with the most of people's life. Chinese people don't have money, the vast majority of Chinese people still are not living a well-off standard of living, the most of Chinese people are poor, and many of them are still very poor in the remote mountainous areas.These are no doubt, indisputable facts.
作者:雄雄
The communist party of China, the Chinese government and the interests, they disregard the interests of the people, they make corruption by hook or by crook, and enrich themselves, their despicable means and despicable behaviors make people greatly shocked, also shocked the world and despised China.
作者:雄雄
第二条评论中的 and many of them are still very poor 修改为:and many of us are still very poor in the remote mountainous areas. These are no doubt, indisputable facts.
作者:雄雄
The gap between the rich and poor is very big in China. People are very hating a lot of unreasonable social status. People are angry more and more. The people's anger are burning ever more brightly.People work hard shouldn't have to live in poverty, and everyone who works hard should have a chance to get ahead.
作者:雄雄
We shout: must raise the living standard of the Chinese people , must raise the minimum wage, actions must be taken to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor!
作者:雄雄
The Communist Party of China can not ignore the demands of the people, the Chinese government cannot ignore a lot of unreasonable social status,you can't ignore the roar of the people now!
作者:davemansharp
The Communist Party of China can not ignore the demands of the people, the Chinese government cannot ignore a lot of unreasonable social status,china leader need to take action to raise employees' wages.
作者:雄雄
The policy of the Chinese government should not only open to the outside world, the more important should open to domestic Chinese people now.
作者:lisawan
China goverment should learn from Obama GOVERMENT,I THINK.
作者:jackie-liu
though at first glance the bill seems benefit for america's people ,actually it's political chips。
作者:Louis Feng
I do not agree with the guy's opinion about the Chinese government, you are not fully understanding this country yet, your interpretation of social status in China is not fully explaining the China's development, even I do not think that you understood the Chinese history. there is no any point for you to compare America to China, because these are totally two different countries. I love my country, I believe my own country can reach US and even go over through it.
作者:冬瓜
we should believe our country
any things will have advantage and shortage. Believe our country and love our country is each Chinese resonsibility.
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