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Press Release Published: Apr 27, 2021

Comer, Hice: Americans Will Shoulder the Costs of Biden’s Unilateral $15 Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

WASHINGTON—House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) and Subcommittee on Government Operations Ranking Member Jody Hice (R-Ga.) today blasted President Joe Biden for signing an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $15 by March 2022.

“President Biden is unilaterally writing another progressive policy from the Oval Office and circumventing the legislative process. Raising the minimum wage for federal contractors doesn’t make them work faster or more efficiently. This isn’t rewarding performance. This is just going to come from the pockets of taxpayers and worsen the ever-growing pile of debt,” said Ranking Member Comer.

“President Biden is ruling by executive order rather than respecting the very foundations of this country. This minimum wage increase is going to come straight from the pockets of taxpayers, but they won’t see a single benefit. But that doesn’t matter to President Biden because to him it’s ‘my way or the highway.’ Reforms must go through Congress. As a former legislator, Biden knows this but is choosing to issue executive orders instead because he knows many of his progressive policies will be rejected by Americans’ elected representatives in Congress. This wage increase will hurt the American people, not help them,” said Subcommittee Ranking Member Hice.