The success of ballot measures that raised the minimum wage in four red-leaning states provided one of the only bright spots for Democrats in an otherwise bleak midterm election and vaulted the issue to top of the agenda for President Obama and his beleaguered party.

Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and their liberal allies are seizing the opportunity to press Mr. Obama to again use an executive order to increase the minimum wage for federal contract workers, this time to $15 per hour.

Unable to convince Republicans in Congress to hike the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour, Mr. Obama in February used an executive order to give the same raise to federal contract workers.

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