WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) praised President Obama after the White House announced today he will sign an executive order setting the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts at $10.10 an hour.
“I applaud President Obama for issuing this executive order which will raise wages for hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers. The president has made it clear that employees working for government contractors should not be paid starvation wages. This executive order also gives us momentum for raising the minimum wage for every worker in this country to at least $10.10 an hour.”
In September, Sanders and 14 other senators sent President Obama a letter urging him to issue an executive order that would be tantamount to setting a minimum wage at $10.10 an hour for federal contractors. Read the letter here.