Nancy Pelosi applauded President Obama for taking action to raise the minimum wage of federal contractors, citing the Emancipation Proclamation as a precedent for such executive action. Even though she would have preferred to see the raise come through legislatively, she said it was “fine” for the president to bypass Congress because he had “exhausted” other options. […]
Mentioning Abraham Lincoln’s executive order to free the slaves during the Civil War, Pelosi said there are times where such actions are appropriate. ”There are many things that happened over time that wouldn’t have ever happened waiting for Congress,” she said, referring to the Emancipation Proclamation.