Rep. Jordan: Obama Has No Authority Over Minimum Wage Beyond Federal Contracting

February 28, 2014 - 12:50 PM

Jim Jordan

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – “Not past the federal contracting issue that he’s talked about” does President Barack Obama have the authority to legislate from the Oval Office on the minimum wage, said House Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) at a meeting for Tea Party conservatives in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

CNSNews.com asked Jordan, “Do you believe Obama has the constitutional authority to address minimum wage legislation without congressional approval?”

Jordan said, “Not past the federal contracting issue that he’s talked about. We think that this is just bad economics but this decision, if anything, it should be left up to the states. Let states decide what is good and what’s in the best interest of their states -- but certainly nothing past what he’s done relative to federal contracting.”

On Feb. 12, 2014, the White House issued an executive order to establish a minimum wage for federal contractors.

“This order seeks to increase efficiency and cost savings in the work performed by parties who contract with the Federal Government by increasing to $10.10 the hourly minimum wage paid by those contractors. Raising the pay of low-wage workers increases their morale and the productivity and quality of their work, lowers turnover and its accompanying costs, and reduces supervisory costs,” according to WhiteHouse.gov.

In a weekly address to Americans on Feb. 22, 2014, President Obama said, “And as a chief executive myself, that’s why I took action last week to lift more workers’ wages by requiring federal contractors to pay their employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour.”

“In the year since I first asked Congress to raise the minimum wage, six states have passed laws to raise theirs, and more states are working on it as we speak. But only Congress can finish the job and lift Americans’ wages across the country,” Obama said.