During his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, President Barack Obama urged Congress to increase the minium wage to $9 an hour and "tie the minimum wage to the cost of living so that it finally becomes a wage you can live on." House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) responded to Obama's request on Wednesday, stating that he is opposed to raising the minimum raise right now.
“Listen, when people are asking the question ‘Where are the jobs?’ why would we want to make it harder for small employers to hire people? 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."
Rather than increasing the minimum wage, Boehner says that the focus should be on policies to get people to enter the workforce, adding:
“What happens when you take the rungs away 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.”