June 14 - President Barack Obama used his weekly address ahead of Fathers Day to underscore the need for measures he says can help working families, such as affordable childcare and raising the minimum wage. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
STORY: President Barack Obama used his weekly address to the American public on Saturday (June 14) to tout policies he says are designed to help working families, ahead of Father's Day this Sunday (June 15). "We've still got too many workplace policies that belong in the 1950s, and it's time to bring them up to date for today's families," Obama said during an internet address. "Moms and dads deserve affordable child care, time off to care for a sick parent or child without running into hardship. Women deserve equal pay for equal work, and at a time when more women are breadwinners for a family, that benefits men, too," he added. Obama also called on Congress to "get on the band wagon" and to follow the lead of states that have raised the minimum wage, saying no parent who works full-time "should have to raise a family in poverty". Obama said he will hold the first ever White House summit on working families in a few weeks. Last week, he brought working fathers to the White House to discuss the challenges they face, he said. "Dads work hard," Obama said. "Let's make sure every dad who works hard and takes responsibility has the chance to know that feeling, not just on one Sunday, but every day of the year."