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President Obama continues push to raise minimum wage

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NEW BRITAIN, CT (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama continues his push to raise the minimum wage.

The president was at Central Connecticut State University on Wednesday, and urged Congress to follow that state's lead. Connecticut's minimum wage goes up to $9 an hour next January.

President Obama wants Congress to increase the wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10. But he faces opposition to the idea on Capitol Hill.

"The problem is Republicans in Congress oppose raising the minimum wage," President Obama said. "Now I don't know if that's just because I proposed it, maybe I should say I oppose raising the minimum wage. They'd be for it. That's possible. But right now there's a bill in front of both the House and Senate that would boost America's minimum wage to 10.10. It's easy to remember 10.10, 10 dollars, 10 cents an hour. Just passing this bill would help not only minimum wage workers it would lift wages for 200,000 people just right here in Connecticut."

House Speaker John Boehner's office said it would just make it harder for unemployed Americans to find work.
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