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The President Said 2014 Will Be a Year of Action. Here's What Happened Next:
11:29 AM EDT
When the President took the stage to deliver this year's State of the Union, he told the American people that he intends for 2014 to be a year of action. He said:
"…What I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Some require Congressional action, and I'm eager to work with all of you.
But America does not stand still -- and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do."
Those weren't just lines in a speech. It's been just 11 days since the State of the Union. In that time, the President has:
- Directed the Department of the Treasury to create starter "myRA" accounts that will make it easier for Americans to save for retirement.
- Ordered a government-wide review of federal training programs to make sure Americans get in-demand skills for good jobs.
- Taken executive action to assist millions of long-term unemployed Americans -- and more than 300 companies have already committed to the Administration's best practices for hiring and recruiting the long-term unemployed.
- Announced a major new commitment that will connect more than 20 million students to high-speed Internet -- and the private sector stepped up to the plate with more than $750 million in commitments to help make it happen.
And next Wednesday, he'll be using his pen again.
Families across the country deserve action that gives them a fair shot at getting ahead and creating better lives for themselves.
The President's going to do everything in his power to make sure they get it.