‘Year of action’: Obama vows to act ‘on his own’ when necessary

Sunday, January 12, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Dave Boyer
The Washington Times
Saturday, January 11, 2014

President Obama called Saturday for a “year of action,” and he acknowledged those plans include more executive action.

“I’ll keep doing everything I can to create new jobs and new opportunities for American families — with Congress, on my own, and with everyone willing to play their part,” Mr. Obama said in his weekly address.

Entering a year of midterm elections, with much of the president’s agenda stalled in Congress, some observers expect Mr. Obama to bypass the legislative branch with executive actions even more frequently than he has in the past.

But the president said action should begin with lawmakers extending unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans whose insurance expired in late December.

“This vital economic lifeline helps people support their families while they look for a new job,” Mr. Obama said. “Congress needs to finish the job right away. More than one million Americans across the country will feel a little hope right away.”

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