John Boehner dismissed President Obama's proposal to increase minimum wage

Updated Feb. 13, 2013 at 1:34 PM
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House Speaker John Boehner dismissed President Barack Obama’s proposal to raise the federal minimum wage arguing it would be detrimental for all the parties involved.

“When you raise the price of employment, guess what happens? You get less of it,” the Ohio Republican said in a news conference today in Washington. “Why do we want to make it harder for small employers to hire people? Listen, I've got 11 brothers and sisters on every rung of the economic ladder. I know about this issue as much as anybody in this town. What happens when you take away the first couple of rungs on the economic ladder, you make it harder for people to get on the ladder. Our goal is to get people on the ladder and help them climb that ladder so they can live the American dream.”

Boehner added that many of the people who are payed minimum wage, are being paid that because they "come to the workforce with no skills," adding that to raise the minimum wage would only make it "harder for them to acquire the skills they need to climb that ladder successfully."

During his State of the Union address, President Obama suggested raising the hourly federal minimum wage to $9 from $7.25 by the end of 2015.

"Tonight, let's declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full time should have to live in poverty," Obama said about the increase.

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