The United States president, Barack Obama, faced a divided Congress to support his plans to create more jobs for the middle class. The U.S. leader, during his State of the Union speech, emphasized the country’s economy and sought support to review the laws of firearms control and immigration.
Obama pledged on Tuesday, February 12, to devote his time to reduce unemployment in the country, which has reached 7.9%. “It is our pending task to ensure that this government work on behalf of the majority and not just a few,” he told the House of Representatives.
The harder comments came to seek a resolution of the strong budget battle that will result in automatic spending cuts by the end of this month, unless an agreement is reached. Obama said that first are the interests of the nation before those of the party and this require forging reasonable compromises.
He raised the minimum wage for workers from $ 7.25 an hour to $ 9 and also proposed a $ 50.000 million to fund infrastructure reconstruction plans. “Our economy is adding jobs, but many people still can not find full-time jobs. Corporate profits have soared to record highs, but for more than a decade, wages and incomes have barely changed.”
Finally, the U.S. President said that to offset cuts would like to raise $ 800,000 million in revenue to eliminate certain tax loopholes that the wealthiest Americans enjoy.