Politics

Labor to push minimum wage in Obama's last 400 days

The Department of Labor said Thursday it would keep pushing for a raise in the federal minimum wage in the 400 remaining days of the Obama administration.

"We will fight to get hardworking people a raise, by advocating for a minimum wage increase and completing a new overtime rule," Labor said in a blog post from Secretary Tom Perez.

The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, and just a bit more than $2 an hour for tipped employees. The Obama administration has called for a minimum wage of $10.10 for most hourly workers.

But Republicans in Congress have balked at the idea of changing the law, and have warned that raising the wage would destroy entry-level jobs for thousands of people.

Perez also said his department would also keep pushing for more skills and training funding for people, and a new overtime rule. Labor has been pushing to raise the threshold salary level below which people must be given overtime pay.

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