Boehner knocks Obama’s minimum wage executive order

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday dismissed as insignificant President Obama's plans to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors.

Obama is set to announce in his State of the Union plans to raise the minimum hourly wage for contractors to $10.10 with new contracts beginning in 2015.

In response, Boehner said that, "I suspect the president has the authority to raise the minimum wage for those dealing with federal contracts. But let's understand something: This affects not one current contract, it only affects future contracts with the federal government. And so I think the question is, how many people, Mr. President, will this executive action actually help? I suspect the answer is somewhere close to zero."

Asked more broadly about Obama's push to raise the federal minimum wage, Boehner signaled he doesn't support the proposal.

"When you raise the cost of something you get less of it," he said, adding later: "The very people the president purports to help are the ones who are going to be hurt by this."

Boehner suggested that an increased minimum wage would adversely affect minorities who hold low-wage jobs and would be "bad policy."

Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
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