Lawmakers want raises for unskilled federal workers

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A group of more than a dozen lawmakers tackling the widening income gap in America wants the government to start addressing the problem in their own house, Federal News Radio says.

In a letter to President Barack Obama, 17 Democrats in the House of Representatives are pushing for unskilled workers have their pay increased.

Many of these service employees are working at highly-visible places in Washington, including Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo. The letter, which was obtained by Federal News Radio, says that 2 million federal workers make less than $24,000 per year.

The group says that the government contracts more low-wage workers than any other private company in America.


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