President Barack Obama is hardly going to let the system of checks and balances stop him from accomplishing his agenda in 2014, reiterating his intent to act without the approval of lawmakers on Capitol Hill in his weekly address Saturday.
President Obama declared his independence from Congress once more, saying he will stop at nothing to accomplish his goals for the new year. Focusing on expanding opportunities for the middle class and bringing jobs back to the United States in his weekly address — following his visit to North Carolina State University this week — President Obama vowed once again to make 2014 a “year of action,” even if it means acting without approval from Congress.
“But that requires a year of action. And I want to work with Congress this year on proven ways to create jobs, like building infrastructure and fixing our broken immigration system,” Obama said. “Where Congress isn’t acting, I’ll act on my own to put opportunity within reach for anyone who’s willing to work for it.”
The president specifically noted the implementation of his second “manufacturing innovation institute,” a public-private partnership designed to train workers in manufacturing jobs.
“It’s a partnership between companies, colleges, and the federal government focused on making sure American businesses and American workers win the race for high-tech manufacturing and the jobs that come with it – jobs that can help people and communities willing to work hard punch their ticket into the middle class,” Obama said.
The president has made his plans to act without Congressional approval well known since returning from his holiday vacation in Hawaii. Obama asserted his intention to act without waiting for legislation at his first Cabinet meeting of 2014 on Tuesday, saying he will use a combination of executive actions and grassroots efforts to accomplish his goals.
“We are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need,” he said. “I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone.”
Obama reiterated this sentiment Thursday at an all-day summit at the White House geared toward expanding college opportunity for low-income students.
Watch the president’s weekly address below.