Heather McGhee on Marketplace: The President is the Nation's Biggest Boss

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On this morning's MarketplaceDemos' next President Heather McGhee explained how the President could use an executive order to raise the wages of low-wage federal contractors. 

Now, with the news that President Obama is doing just that and raising federal contractor wages to $10.10 an hour, McGhee has responded, in part:

We commend President Obama for using his executive authority to give a boost to hundreds of thousands of hard-working Americans trying to reach the middle class. The nation as a whole benefits from an economy where all workers earn a decent living.

While it’s unfortunate that the order does not apply to existing workers until their contracts are renegotiated, the president’s action adds momentum to the fight for a federal minimum wage increase that would benefit all Americans. In signing this order, the president has done his part. Now it is up to Congress to finish the job.

Read the full Demos reaction.

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