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【美国总统演讲】2014-03-08(双语)

2014-03-13    来源:whitehouse    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

Weekly Address: Time for Congress to Raise the Minimum Wage for the American People
每周电视讲话:国会应尽快提高最低工资标准

WASHINGTON, DC—In this week’s address, President Obama highlighted the momentum building across the country to give Americans a raise and reiterated his call for Congress to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. The President has already signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage for people working under new federal contracts. Companies large and small are choosing to give workers a raise because they know it’s good business. And Governors across the country are answering the President’s call by working to raise their states’ minimum wages. Now, it’s time for Congress to get the job done and restore opportunity for all Americans by raising the minimum wage to “ten-ten.”
华盛顿:在本周的讲话中,奥巴马总统强调全国各地提高人民生活水平的呼声日益高涨,他也反复呼吁国会将最低工资标准从7.25美元每小时提高到10.10美元。总统已经签署了一份提高联邦政府合同承包商工人工资的行政命令。各类公司,不分大小,均在积极为员工提高待遇,因为他们知道这对企业是有利的。全国各地的州长们也在响应总统的号召,提高各州的最低工资标准。现在,国会应该尽快做好自己的工作,通过将最低工资标准提高到10.10美元为全国人民创造更多机会。

Hi, everybody.  This week, I traveled to New England, where I was joined by four governors who are working to raise the minimum wage in each of their states.  And they’ve also joined me in calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.  Because it would give nearly 800,000 Americans in their states a raise – and lift wages for about 28 million across the country.
大家好。本周,我到访了新英格兰地区,支持当地四位州长提高各自州内的最低工资标准。他们也与我一起呼吁国会将最低工资标准从7.25美元每小时提高到10.10美元。此举将提高他们所在各州约80多万人的生活水平,并提高全国2800万人的工资收入。

So these governors aren’t waiting for Congress to make up its mind.  And in my State of the Union Address, I asked America’s business leaders to go ahead and do what they could to raise their employees’ wages, too.  And increasingly, it’s not just large companies like Costco or the Gap that choose to pay their employees higher starting wages.
这几位州长没有等待国会做最后决定。在我的国情咨文中,我也请求美国的各个公司领导提前谋划,尽他们能力提高员工工资。最近,不仅像Costco和Gap这样的大公司选择为其员工提供更高的工资。

It’s smaller businesses like Jaxson’s, a family-owned ice cream parlor in South Florida.  They answered the call and raised their wages so that more than 70 employees would earn at least $10.10 an hour, without cutting back on hiring.
连Jaxson这样的南佛罗里达地区的家庭经营的冰激凌小店都加入了。他们响应我的号召,提高员工工资,70多位员工每小时至少可以得到10.10美元的工资,而公司并没有因此没有解雇一个人。

And two weeks ago, an Atlanta small business owner named Darien Southerland [SUTH-er-lind] wrote me to share a lesson his grandmother taught him – that if you treat your employees right, they’ll treat you right.  And Vice President Biden paid him a visit this week.
两周前,亚特兰大一家小企业主Darien Southerland写信给我,讲述他祖母给他的教诲:如果你善待你的员工,他们也将善待你。为此,拜登副总统本周前去拜访了他。

I agree with these business owners, which is why I issued an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay their employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour.  It’s good for our bottom line.  And working Americans have struggled through stagnant wages for far too long.
我完全支持这些企业主的做法,因此,我签署了一份行政命令,要求所有联邦政府合同承包商向其员工支付最低10.10美元每小时的工资。这对改善社会底层境遇有帮助。工薪阶层忍受低工资太长时间了。

A clear majority of Americans support raising the minimum wage, because we believe that nobody who works full-time should have to live in poverty.  About half of all Republicans support raising the minimum wage, too.  It’s just too bad they don’t serve in Congress.  Because the Republicans who do serve in Congress don’t want to vote on the minimum wage at all.  Some even want to get rid of it completely.  Seriously.
很明显,大部分美国人是支持提高最低工资标准的,因为我们相信,任何辛勤工作的人都不应该生活在贫困之中。大约有一半的共和党人也支持提高最低工资标准。可惜的是他们并不都是国会议员。因为国会的共和党人并不想给提高最低工资标准一个投票表决的机会。有些人甚至想完全废掉这份提案。

That’s why what business leaders and everyday Americans are doing to raise wages is so important.  Because change doesn’t come from Washington – change comes to Washington.  I’ve always believed that, and it’s true in this case, too.  Outside Washington, Americans are ready to put aside old political arguments and move this country forward.  The American people are way ahead of Congress on this issue, and we’ve just got to let Congress know that.  It’s time for “ten-ten.”  It’s time to give America a raise.  And it’s time to restore opportunity for all.
正因如此,大量的企业主和美国人民提高工资的行动才显得如此重要。因为华盛顿不会轻易改变,只有压力到来他们才会改变。我始终相信,这一切终会到来。华盛顿之外的美国人民早已做好准备,将陈旧的政治争论抛之脑后,推动这个国家向前发展。在这个问题上,美国人民已经走到了国会的前面,我们应该让国会知道这一切。10.10美元的工资标准刻不容缓。提高美国人民生活水平刻不容缓。为所有人提供更多机会刻不容缓。

Thanks, and have a great weekend.
谢谢大家,周末愉快!



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