President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Obama Threatens to Veto New Sanctions Against Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says negotiations to limit Iran's nuclear program will be difficult and may not succeed, but he's warning Congress he will veto new economic sanctions against Tehran while the discussions are ongoing.

Obama described the U.S. on Tuesday as cleared-eyed about longstanding mistrust between Iran and six world powers that are working to prevent the Islamic republic from enriching enough uranium to build nuclear weapons.

But he used his State of the Union speech to give the U.S. credit for leading the way toward an interim agreement that has all but frozen Iran's nuclear program for the first time in a decade.

An estimated $7 billion in international sanctions against Tehran have been lifted in exchange for slowing its nuclear program.
Critics in Congress want sanctions to remain.

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Obama Urges GOP to Drop Health Care Repeal Votes

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he doesn't expect Republicans to agree with his health care law, but he's urging his political opponents to give up their repeated attempts to do away with it.

Obama said in his State of the Union address Tuesday night that more than 40 votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act were plenty. He told members of Congress, quote, "We all owe it to the American people to say what we're for, not just what we're against."

He also used the opportunity in his high-profile speech to ask Americans to encourage those they know without insurance to sign up on government exchanges by the end of March. That's the deadline for Americans to get coverage or face a tax penalty.
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Obama: Time to 'Fix Our Broken Immigration System'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says Democrats and Republicans in the House want to overhaul immigration laws. He calls on them to pass legislation this year.

In his State of the Union address, Obama says it is time to heed the calls to change immigration laws from business and labor leaders, religious leaders and law enforcement officials.

The Senate passed broad legislation last year that enhances border security and provides a path to citizenship for about 11 immigrants in the United States illegally. Among the proposals under consideration by House Republican leaders is one that would give legal status to immigrants in the U.S. illegally but not citizenship.

The White House has said Obama wants the legislation to lead to citizenship. But Obama did not make that demand Tuesday night.
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Obama Vows to Improve Education at All Levels

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is promising to improve American education from preschool to college in his State of the Union address.

Obama promised to connect 15,000 schools and 20 million students with high-speed broadband in the next two years. It's part of the goal he announced last summer to connect 99 percent of students in kindergarten through 12th grade with upgraded technology. Obama says the initiative will be supported by charitable partnerships with companies like Apple, Microsoft, Sprint and Verizon.

He also says his administration will award grants to redesign winning high schools to prepare students for today's job market. He also wants colleges to improve access for low-income students and lower costs. And he renewed his call from last year's address for Congress to fund universal preschool.
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Obama Calls for New Incentives for Cleaner Fuel

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is proposing new incentives for trucks to run on natural gas and other alternative fuels.

In his State of the Union address, Obama is also calling for a new tax credit to spur infrastructure for advanced vehicles that run on cleaner fuels, like hydrogen, natural gas or biofuels.

Most of Obama's other proposals on energy and climate change were already announced in a climate change speech last year. Those include new efficiency standards for trucks and environmental standards for drilling on public lands.

Obama is also repeating his 2013 call for Congress to repeal tax provisions that benefit the oil industry. He wants Congress to create a trust that would use oil and gas revenues to fund technology investments to shift cars off of oil.
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Obama Calls for Expansion of Income Tax Credit

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama wants to expand of the earned-income tax credit, which helps boost the wages of low-income families through tax refunds.

Obama wants Congress to increase the credit for workers without children.

White House officials note that some Republicans and conservative economists have called for similar expansion of the tax credit or, as in the case of Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, for a new federal wage supplement for certain low-income workers.

Republicans see a broader income tax credit as an alternative to increasing the minimum wage. Obama also wants an increase in the minimum wage.

The White House says the tax credit encourages work and helps reduce poverty.

Obama called for the tax credit expansion Tuesday in his State of the Union address.


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