Giving America a Raise: A Progress Report

In this year’s State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour—a move that would boost the bottom lines of businesses and increase the earnings of 28 million hardworking Americans.

It's a commonsense proposal that Republicans in Congress continue to block—which is why President Obama took action to raise the minimum wage for workers on new federal contracts. And states, cities, and businesses across the country are doing their part, too.

A new White House report released today looks at the progress businesses and communities are making in raising the minimum wage for millions of workers. In fact, since the President first called for a minimum wage increase in 2013, 13 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to increase their minimum wage, which will benefit about 7 million workers.

The economic evidence is clear: It's time to give America a raise. Find out how many more workers would benefit if Congress would take action to raise the wage:

Learn more about why we must act now to raise the wage and ensure a growing economy that works for everyone: www.whitehouse.gov/raise-the-wage.

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