Biden on supporting unions, raising minimum wage and equal pay

In his first presidential address to Congress, President Biden explicitly called for a $15 federal minimum wage, although it's something Congress would need to enact. "No one working 40 hours a week should live below the poverty line," he said. Watch his remarks.

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JOE BIDEN: Good guys and women on Wall Street, but Wall Street didn't build this country. The middle class built the country. And unions built the middle class.

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So that's why I'm calling on Congress to pass Protect the Right to Organize Act, the PRO Act, and send it to my desk so we can support the right to unionize.

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And by the way, while you're thinking about sending things to my desk, let's raise the minimum wage to $15. No one-- no one working 40 hours a week-- no one working 40 hours a week should live below the poverty line. We need to ensure greater equity and opportunity for women. While we're doing this, let's get the Paycheck Fairness Act to my desk as well. Equal pay, it's been much too long. And if you wonder whether it's too long, look behind you.

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