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Obama renews push for increasing minimum wage

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- President Obama wants to put more money in the hands of American workers.

During the State of the Union, Obama said he'll work with Congress, but he will act on his own.

One executive action he's taking is to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour.

He also renewed his push for Congress to increase the rate for all Americans.

"This will help families. It'll help give businesses more customers with money to spend. It does not involve any new bureaucratic programs. So join the rest of the country. Say yes, give America a raise."

The president also called on Congress to restore unemployment benefits and announced that he's tasked Vice President Joe Biden to work on across-the-board reform of worker training programs in America.

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