April 26 - U.S. President Barack Obama urges Republicans to support a minimum wage hike in his weekly address for the fifth time this year. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) For the fifth Saturday this year, the White House used the president's weekly address to push 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 he says 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. The measure is unlikely to pass Congress. 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.