2014-04-26T102847Z_1_CBREA3P0S1D00_RTROPTP_2_USA-KOREA

If it's Saturday, it's time for Obama to talk up the minimum wage

U.S. President Barack Obama waves before boarding Air Force One at Osan Air Base in PyeongtaekBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For the fifth Saturday this year, the White House used the president’s weekly address to exhort Republicans to support an increase in the minimum wage, a key part of President Barack Obama’s voter-friendly economic agenda aimed at keeping Democrats in control of the U.S. Senate. Obama has been pushing Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, up from the current level of $7.25, a move that would lift wages for almost 28 million people and is supported by more than 70 percent of Americans. “While not all of us always see eye-to-eye politically, one thing we overwhelmingly agree on is that nobody who works full-time should ever have to live in poverty,” Obama said in his address, which airs on radio stations and is posted online. Republicans argue it would kill jobs, pointing to a non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimate that it would cost about 500,000 people their jobs even as it lifted 900,000 people out of poverty.

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