A Year of Action

A Year of Action

In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama affirmed that this would be “a year of action” to help ensure opportunity for all Americans.

President Obama is Taking Action

In the two weeks following his State of the Union address, President Obama announced progress on six of the proposals he said he would act on.

Learn more below about how the President is continuing to make 2014 a year of action.

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Raising the Minimum Wage

The President will raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10, because no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty.


Helping Americans Retire with Dignity

The President directed the Treasury Department to create “myRA,” a new starter savings account that will help millions of Americans begin saving for their retirement.

Building 21st-Century Workplaces

The White House will co-host a Summit on Working Families to set an agenda for transforming America’s workplaces. Revamping workplace policies in areas such as discrimination, flexibility, and paid leave will make our workplaces more inclusive to working families and ensure America’s global economic competitiveness in the coming decades.



Investing in High-Tech Manufacturing

The President will launch four new manufacturing innovation institutes this year. These institutes bring together companies, universities and community colleges, and government to co-invest in the development of world-leading manufacturing technologies and capabilities that U.S.-based manufacturers can apply in production.


Training America’s Workers

The President is directing the Vice President to lead a full review of the federal job-training system to ensure job-training programs are high-quality and lead to well-paying jobs.


Helping the Long-Term Unemployed

The President is partnering with CEOs and other business leaders to get long-term unemployed Americans back to work. More than 300 companies have already signed onto new best practices for recruiting and hiring the long-term unemployed.

Expanding Apprenticeships

The President will call on business leaders, community colleges, mayors, governors, and labor leaders to increase the number of U.S. apprenticeships. Through on-the-job training, apprenticeships give young workers a path to well-paying careers and help American businesses better compete in the global marketplace.

Increasing Fuel Efficiency

The Administration will set new fuel-efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles and propose new incentives for medium- and heavy-duty trucks that run on alternative fuels like natural gas – benefiting our planet, our economy, and our energy security.

Cutting Carbon Pollution

President Obama directed his Administration to work with states, cities, and tribes to cut harmful carbon pollution by developing clean energy and energy efficiency policies.

Educational Opportunity


Connecting Our Classrooms

President Obama’s ConnectED initiative will connect 99% of U.S. students to next-generation broadband and wireless technology within five years. This connectivity will empower America’s students through individualized learning and rich, digital content.


Increasing College Opportunity

The President is asking colleges, universities, nonprofits, and businesses to develop ways to improve students’ access to and completion of higher education, because a college education is a prerequisite for 21st-century jobs.

Redesigning High Schools

The President is challenging schools to scale up innovative models that will redesign and personalize teaching and learning for students, in order to teach these students the skills they will need in college and beyond.