In this year's State of the Union address, the President once again called on Congress to raise the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, and soon after used his pen to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for the individuals working on new federal service contracts. Raising the minimum wage nationwide would provide 28 million workers with a pay increase and boost the bottom lines of businesses across the country.
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National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice hosts Palestinian and Israeli kids in a basketball game on the White House basketball court Oct. 9, 2014. The children are in Washington, D.C., on a State Department funded exchange that builds reconciliation and understanding between communities in conflict. Phil Gordon, White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region, and Maher Bitar, Director for Israeli and Palestinian Affairs, also participated.
October 9, 2014.
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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughter Malia meet with Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban a year ago, in the Oval Office, Oct. 11, 2013.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Since the President called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage, 13 states and the District of Columbia raised the minimum wage for working Americans. Cities and counties throughout the country have also made tremendous progress in using their authorities to make sure workers, contractors, and residents can better clothe, feed, and shelter their families.
When President Obama took office in 2009, the American economy was shedding 800,000 jobs a month. That year, the unemployment rate would ultimately reach 10%, leaving millions of middle-class families struggling to find solid ground. There’s more work to do, but thanks to the grit and resilience of American workers and businesses -- and the President’s policies -- over the last six years, families are standing on a new, stronger economic foundation.
Today, President Obama will travel to Los Angeles County, California to designate the San Gabriel Mountains as America’s newest national monument, and a timeless piece of our national heritage. In many ways, this nation’s story is etched into its land, and as the President is recognizing today, each of our monuments provides us with an important cultural bridge between our past and our future.
President Barack Obama answers a question during a town hall at Cross Campus in Santa Monica, Calif.
October 9, 2014.
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This week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker
participated in a panel discussion at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, where
she discussed the economy and steps the U.S. government and private sector can
take to spur economic growth and job creation, building a bridge to the
This week, the President traveled to Indiana and to California, where he spoke on expanding economic opportunity for every American, addressed the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and dedicated the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial.
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