President pushes Congress to act

Frustrated by gridlock in Washington, President Barack Obama used his recent State of the Union address to press Congress to pass legislation to spur economic growth. Nevertheless, he vowed, "Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do." Throughout his speech, he promised to focus on ways to increase pay and employment opportunities for all U.S. workers, promoting an increase in the minimum wage, increased tax credits and a new retirement savings plan for lower- wage workers, equal pay for women, and reform of the unemployment insurance program. Read More...