WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil rights leaders said they left a meeting with President Obama at the White House on Tuesday convinced that he will fight for jobs, worker training, a higher minimum wage and voting rights.
Rev. Al Sharpton said Tuesday's 90-minute meeting covered a range of concerns. One topic not discussed, however, was a new finding by congressional auditors that a higher minimum wage will boost pay for millions of people but cost about 500,000 jobs.
Obama and Democrats want Congress to raise the minimum wage. But Republicans strongly oppose, saying jobs will be cut as a result.
National Urban League President Marc Morial told reporters afterward that his organization's research shows that a higher minimum wage won't cost jobs.
Obama recently signed an executive order raising the hourly minimum to $10.10 for federal contractors.
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