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President Barack Obama answers a question as he and French President Francois Hollande face reporters during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.

J. Scott Applewhite, AP

Obama to sign minimum wage order

  • Article by: JULIE PACE
  • Associated Press
  • February 11, 2014 - 2:54 PM

WASHINGTON — The White House says President Barack Obama will sign an executive order Wednesday increasing the minimum wage for federal contractors.

Obama first announced the measure during his State of the Union address. He has cast the move as a way to spur Congress to increase the hourly minimum wage for all workers from $7.25 to $10.10.

The president will sign the order at a White House event. Officials have said the measure will raise wages for a few hundred thousand workers, a small percentage of the more than 2 million federal contractors.

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