In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Obama will call on Congress to pass a bill that would apply the raise to existing workers, and peg future increases to inflation.
The raise – up from $7.25 - would benefit employees including janitors and construction workers.
"Boosting wages will lower turnover and increase morale, and will lead to higher productivity overall," the White House statement said. "Raising wages for those at the bottom will improve the quality and efficiency of services provided to the government."
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