President to use executive powers to hike minimum wage

By WEEK Reporter

January 28, 2014 Updated Jan 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Barrack Obama plans to make 2014 a year of action by using his executive powers.

One of his acts will be to raise the minimum wage for some working Americans.

Mr. Obama is ordering a hike to $10.10/an hour. But that can only apply to workers on future government projects.

The President also promised executive action to require higher fuel standards for trucks and challenged the Republicans in the House and Senate to either come to terms with the Affordable Care Act or come up with solid proposals of their own.

"So again, if you have specific plans to cut costs, cover more people, and increase choice - tell America what you'd do differently. Let's see if the numbers add up. But let's not have another forty-something votes to repeal a law that's already helping millions of Americans like Amanda," he said.

On Wednesday, the President will travel to four states to talk about jobs and manufacturing.

On Friday, he is back at the White House to announce businesses that have committed to hiring the long-term unemployed.

Mr. Obama is also reaching out online, promoting an all-day online question and answer.