House Speaker: minimum wage increase will hurt low-income minorities

01/28/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Washington – Republican House Speaker John Boehner made claims Tuesday that a minimum wage increase for federal contractors will hurt low-income minorities. As reported by ABC News, the comments were made during a news conference prior to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address during which the president vowed to issue an executive order for the increase.

Boehner is quoted in the report as warning, “I used to be an employer. When you raise the cost of something, you get less of it… We know from increases in the minimum wage in the past that hundreds of thousands of low-income Americans have lost their jobs, and so the very people the president purports to help are the ones who are going to get hurt by this.”

Boehner further asserted ahead of a potential White House showdown over Obama taking executive action, “But we’re going to watch very closely because there’s a Constitution that we all take an oath to, including him, and following that Constitution is the basis for our republic and we shouldn’t put that in jeopardy.”

The executive order will increase the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10.

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