奥巴马讲话 呼吁提高最低工资标准 提升人民生活水平
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Hi, everybody.
 
Restoring the idea of opportunity for all requires a year of action from all of us. Wherever I can act on my own, I will-and whenever I can ask more Americans to help, I'll do that too.
 
In my State of the Union Address, for example, I asked more business leaders to take action to raise their employees' wages. Because even though our economy is growing, and our businesses have created about eight and a half million new jobs over the past four years, average wages have barely budged1.
 
So it's good news that, earlier this week, one of America's largest retailers2, The Gap, decided3 to raise wages for its employees beginning this year. Their decision will benefit about 65,000 workers in the U.S. That means more families will be able to raise their kids, finish their studies, or keep up on their bills with a little less financial stress and strain.
 
Gap's CEO explained their decision simply-he said, right for our brands, good for our people, and beneficial to our customers. And he's right-raising Americans' wages isn't just a good deed; it's good business and good for our economy. It helps reduce turnover4, it boosts productivity, and it gives folks some more money to spend at local businesses.
 
And as a chief executive myself, that's why I took action last week to lift more workers' wages by requiring federal contractors5(承包商) 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.
 
Right now, there's a bill before Congress that would boost America's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. That's easy to remember-ten-ten. That bill would lift wages for more than 16 million Americans without requiring a single dollar in new taxes or spending. But even though a majority of Democrats6, Independents, and Republicans across the country support raising the minimum wage, Republicans in Congress don't want to give it a vote.
 
Hardworking Americans deserve better than no. Let's tell Congress to say yes. Pass that bill. Give America a raise. Because here in America, no one who works hard should have to live in poverty-and everyone who works hard should have a chance to get ahead.
 
Thanks, and have a great weekend.


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1 budged acd2fdcd1af9cf1b3478f896dc0484cf     
v.(使)稍微移动( budge的过去式和过去分词 );(使)改变主意,(使)让步
参考例句:
  • Old Bosc had never budged an inch--he was totally indifferent. 老包斯克一直连动也没有动,他全然无所谓。 来自辞典例句
  • Nobody budged you an inch. 别人一丁点儿都算计不了你。 来自辞典例句
2 retailers 08ff8df43efeef1abfd3410ef6661c95     
零售商,零售店( retailer的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • High street retailers reported a marked increase in sales before Christmas. 商业街的零售商报告说圣诞节前销售量显著提高。
  • Retailers have a statutory duty to provide goods suitable for their purpose. 零售商有为他们提供符合要求的货品的法定义务。
3 decided lvqzZd     
adj.决定了的,坚决的;明显的,明确的
参考例句:
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
4 turnover nfkzmg     
n.人员流动率,人事变动率;营业额,成交量
参考例句:
  • The store greatly reduced the prices to make a quick turnover.这家商店实行大减价以迅速周转资金。
  • Our turnover actually increased last year.去年我们的营业额竟然增加了。
5 contractors afd5c0fd2ee43e4ecee8159c7a7c63e4     
n.(建筑、监造中的)承包人( contractor的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • We got estimates from three different contractors before accepting the lowest. 我们得到3个承包商的报价后,接受了最低的报价。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Contractors winning construction jobs had to kick back 2 per cent of the contract price to the mafia. 赢得建筑工作的承包商得抽出合同价格的百分之二的回扣给黑手党。 来自《简明英汉词典》
6 democrats 655beefefdcaf76097d489a3ff245f76     
n.民主主义者,民主人士( democrat的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The Democrats held a pep rally on Capitol Hill yesterday. 民主党昨天在国会山召开了竞选誓师大会。
  • The democrats organize a filibuster in the senate. 民主党党员组织了阻挠议事。 来自《简明英汉词典》
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