Barack Obama Minimum Wage Order Affects Only About 200,000 Workers

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill on Jan. 28, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

President Barack Obama announced in his State of the Union address Tuesday a forthcoming executive order to raise the minimum wage for new federal contractors to $10.10 per hour, in what aides billed as a first step toward raising the national wage rate.

Republicans criticized the order as an insignificant move that would only affect a small segment of the population. On Thursday, the White House basically conceded the point, with Press Secretary Jay Carney saying that the move would effect the wages of “a couple hundred thousand” workers. The narrowly tailored order, which will be signed in the coming weeks, only affects new federal contracts, and only the employees who are paid on specific federal contracts, not others who work for the contracting company.

Speaker of the House John Boehner scoffed at the proposal on Thursday, telling reporters, “Let’s understand something. This affects not one current contract. It only affects future contracts with the federal government. And so I think the question is how many people, Mr. President, will this executive action actually help? I suspect the answer is somewhere close to zero.”

The White House, meanwhile, says the President kept the order narrowly tailored to ensure it could survive legal challenge. Senior Administration officials said they hope employers who will have to hike the minimum wages of some workers will choose to raise it for all their employees.

Meanwhile, Obama is continuing to travel the country highlighting efforts to work with Congress to pass a minimum wage hike, an effort that has met stiff resistance from House and Senate Republicans.

21 comments
MaseWehrle
MaseWehrle

Speaker of the House John Boehner scoffed at the proposal on Thursday, telling reporters, ”Let’s understand something. This affects not one current contract. It only affects future contracts with the federal government. And so I think the question is how many people, Mr. President, will this executive action actually help? I suspect the answer is somewhere close to zero.”

RepubliCONS don't want the federal wage hiked nationally because it would affect everyone-but in this quote it says it will not affect not very many-close to zero. What the hell kind of reasoning is that? lmao

annawhite6969
annawhite6969

Federal contractors. Not all minimum wage. Read people, you have eyes.

OscarLLee
OscarLLee

How can only 200,000 workers be affected?  Mcdonald's alone employs over 761,000 workers with a majority of them being paid minimum wage.  Let's do the math...say only half get paid minimum wage...that would be over 380,000 of them.  No lets think about all the other minimum wage fast food outlets, service and retail jobs, housekeepers, babysitters, gardeners, and the list goes on....someone must have fudged some numbers....


tom.litton
tom.litton

If republicans want to cover more people, then why not pass a law that does so? 

reallife
reallife

It's like everything else Obama does: all fluff, no substance, designed to get the low information vote. 

Just anothet PR move that won't accomplish anything.

EdwardWPWW
EdwardWPWW

Why is it that EVERY white country is forced to be multicultural/multiracial?
Why is it that EVERY white country is told to end its own race/culture?
No one asks that of -ANY- non-White country.
Immigration/assimilation is FORCED upon ONLY White countries
Anti-whites call themselves “anti-racists” but their actions lead to the elimination of only one race, the White race.
The purpose of “anti-racism” is to genocide White children.
Anti-racist is a code for anti-White

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

Well, that's 200,000 more people than the Republicans have shown any interest in helping in the past 6 years.  

annawhite6969
annawhite6969

Federal contractors only. Not all minimum wage workers.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@reallife 

So you want him to act outside his authority through signing statements? And if he could are you then saying he should raise the minimum wage?

One of these days Rod, you guys will have to figure out if he's a bumbling incompetent fool for not being able to do something or the vicious authoritarian for doing what little he can....because it can't be both no matter how you try.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@ARTRaveler 

It's just like Republicans slamming Obama for not closing Guantanamo while blocking the move.

Brilliant! 

jmac
jmac

@ARTRaveler  With the exception of the 1% that own them.  Between being the party of faux-libertarians, evangelicals,  Tea Party (Nugent racists) and establishment (the 1%),  the leaders know who controls the party at the top and who controls the party at the bottom.   The top wins. 

reallife
reallife

@MrObvious @reallife  how about a third choice:

a snake oil salesman that would demagogue his way through the Kardashian generation


and we figured that out more than 5 years ago



BenjaminNeuells
BenjaminNeuells

@mantisdragon91@EdwardWPWW Racistsupremacistneonaziwhowantstokill6millionjews is a HATE word used by anti-whites to silence any White person who wants their own people to survive into the future.

As an anti-white, can you explain to everyone why you want a world without White children?