January 28th, 2014
11:18 AM ET

Rep. King: 'Minimum Wage Hike is Unconstitutional'

While President Barack Obama’s attempts to increase the nation’s minimum wage through legislation have stalled in Congress, the White House announced plans on Tuesday to use the president’s executive powers to partially address the problem.

Just hours before the President is scheduled to deliver his fifth State of the Union address, the White House revealed that Obama will issue an executive order to increase the minimum wage for new federal contract workers.

In response to this news, CNN's Chris Cuomo spoke with Iowa Republican Steve King.

King presented resistance to this new policy, claiming it was even unconstitutional.

"It provides incentive to step up and defend the Constitution," he said.

"This is the president who is a former adjunct professor of teaching constitutional law at the University of Chicago. He knows better, and he gave a speech to the high school here in Washington D.C. a couple years ago that made it clear to them that he knows better. He has limitations. He’s article 1. He’s the executive branch of government. His job is to keep his oath of office and take care that the laws be faithfully executed.  It's Congress's job to pass the laws.  He knows that and we need to take our oath seriously and defend the Constitution here in Congress."


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