United States President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at Capitol Hill. Read on for the highlights of the address.
The US president’s speech stresses the recent economic progress of America, the need to end the gaps of corporate tax and Cuba embargo, the necessity to have a stronger cyber security and the importance of using force to stop Islamic State militants.
President Obama proposed plans that can benefit the US. With 40 percent of American students choosing community college, he opened the possibility of free community colleges across the country based on the success of Tennessee and Chicago. He also announced that he wants to work with the Congress to reduce the monthly payments of Americans with high student loans.
The president also talked about higher wages. He aims to pass a law that assures women are paid the same as men for the same job. Overtime pay was also reiterated by the president. He thinks a less than $15,000 income a year is not enough to support a family.
Environment was also put into the picture. President Obama emphasized stopping climate change or else, oceans will rise, heat waves will get more intense, floods and droughts will be more dangerous and more severe hunger, conflict and migration will be triggered all over the world.
“I will not let this Congress endanger the health of our children by turning back the clock on our efforts,” President Obama said.
With the ISIS issue brewing, President Obama declared that American leadership and military power in Syria and Iraq is hindering the advance of ISIL. He announced forming an alliance with Arab nations to destroy the aforementioned terrorist group. He knows the effort to stop the terrorists will take time and more focus, but the president believes that their effort will pay off.
“Thank you, God bless you, and God bless this country we love,” President Obama closed the address.
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