WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is hitting the road to start pushing his 2014 agenda, which he laid out for the American people during his annual State of the Union address Tuesday night.
The president vowed to use his executive powers to get around a grid-locked Congress in the upcoming year. He said he'll sign an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers, and wants to make it easier for low-income families to save for retirement.
Obama also called for changes to the country's immigration laws, but did not specifically call for a pathway to citizenship. In regard to the war in Afghanistan, he says it will conclude at the end of this year, but that some American forces could be left behind if the Afghan government signs a bilateral security agreement.
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The president renewed a call for funding for universal pre-K, which Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina have been pushing hard for, even taking the fight to lawmakers in Albany.
Other key talking points included the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, technology in education, expanding earned income tax credits and the recent government shutdown.