President Obama Gets Busy: 5 Issues on This Week’s Agenda
President Barack Obama’s Google Calendar — if he had one — should be chock-full this week with a long list of items on his upcoming agenda. Some are issues that go with his power of the pen theme that will likely have Republicans fuming. Others stem from congressional efforts he faces, and still others demand his attention from overseas. Let’s take a look at what the political week of April 7 has in store.
1. Wage increase
In recent weeks, Obama has been working around Congress’s hesitation to up the minimum wage with his own measures. So far they’ve included a pay hike for federal employees, a change to overtime pay restrictions for management positions, and a number of visits to states such as Michigan to encourage a statewide increase to the minimum wage to $10.10. The pressure his administration has been exerting on the change is unlikely to let up just yet.
2. Equal pay
Early this week, the president will be dealing with more data-related wage changes and equal-pay issues. Obama will put in place new protection for workers who talk about their pay, disallowing federal contractors from punishing workers who discuss the topics in his latest order. On top of that, he will set new rules that force federal contractors to disclose payment information for employees broken down in terms of race and gender.