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Obama Said to Back Democrat Push for $10.10 Minimum-Wage

President Barack Obama supports an effort by congressional Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage to about $10 an hour, higher than the rate he called for earlier this year, according to a White House official.

Proposals from House and Senate Democrats would boost the rate to $10.10 over two years, up from the current $7.25 an hour and more than the $9 proposed by Obama in his February State of the Union speech. The president backs the increase as a way to help working families, according to the official, who described Obama’s support yesterday on condition of not being identified.