Boxer pushes for $10 minimum wage

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“People are struggling,” she said. “The difference between the very wealthy and the working poor has grown.”

Boxer also said an increase in the minimum wage would advance the core causes of the Obama presidency.

“We raise that minimum wage, and we move forward with the vision of this president that we have, which is everyone pays their fair share; we make investments where it matters. It's going to be a great century for us.”

President Obama has also suggested raising the minimum wage in recent months, calling for a $9 minimum in his most recent State of the Union and bringing it up in a speech at Knox College last month.