On Tuesday, Democrats applauded President Barack Obama’s announced move to hike minimum wage for Federal contractors to $10.10 an hour without Congressional input. The President’s minimum wage announcement signals that the Administration is prepared to act on its threat to govern by executive order in the months ahead.
“A higher minimum wage for federal contract workers will provide good value for the federal government and hence good value for the taxpayer,” the Administration said announcing an executive order Obama will sign. “Boosting wages will lower turnover and increase morale, and will lead to higher productivity overall. Raising the minimum wage will make sure no family of four with a full-time worker has to raise their children in poverty.”
The President is expected to champion the minimum wage executive order announced by the White House and discuss a spate of other unilateral actions he plans to take in the months ahead in his State of the Union speech tonight.
White House officials have spent the past several weeks hinting that the President’s speech will serve to warn Republicans that obstructing Obama’s agenda will result in the President sidestepping Congress at every opportunity.
“The president … is not going to tell the American people that he’s going to wait for Congress,” Senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer said during a recent discussion about the State of the Union on CNN.
“He’s going to move forward in areas like job training, education, manufacturing, on his own to try to restore opportunity for American families,” Pfeiffer said.
The left’s response to the announced minimum wage executive order suggests that Congressional Democrats will embrace the White House’s broader plan to legislate by fiat on as many policies as possible.
“This is not the fix we’re looking for, but he’s leading by example, sending a message to Congress that we need to raise the minimum wage for all Americans,” Representative Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus, said of the minimum wage action. “He’s not trying to abrogate the Constitution. … He wouldn’t do that. What’s he’s doing is trying to lead, and I’m impressed by that.”