Obama to unilaterally raise minimum wage for some federal workers

Obama to unilaterally raise minimum wage for some federal workers

President Obama plans to tell Congress Tuesday night he is taking executive action to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for some federal contract workers, administration officials said ahead of his State of the Union Address.

Obama will also pledge to work with Congress on legislation to increase the federal minimum wage for all workers from its current $7.25 to $10.10, said the administration officials who disclosed the plan on condition of anonymity so as not to preempt the president’s speech.

Obama delivers his annual State of the Union speech Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.

The minimum wage debate highlights a speech in which Obama is also expected to call on Congress to pass a major immigration bill, and to outline his domestic and foreign policy agendas for the year ahead, including a variety of executive orders.

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