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President Obama Gives State of Union Address

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President Barack Obama is urging Congress to act to restore economic opportunity but warning he'll act on his own wherever he can.

Obama wants to expand the earned-income tax credit, which helps boost the wages of low-income families through tax refunds.
 
Obama wants Congress to increase the credit for workers without children.
 
White House officials note that some Republicans and conservative economists have called for similar expansion of the tax credit or, as in the case of Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, for a new federal wage supplement for certain low-income workers.
 
Republicans see a broader income tax credit as an alternative to increasing the minimum wage. Obama also wants an increase in the minimum wage.
 
The White House says the tax credit encourages work and helps reduce poverty.
 
Obama called for the tax credit expansion Tuesday in his State of the Union address.

Obama says negotiations to limit Iran's nuclear program will be difficult and may not succeed, but he's warning Congress he will veto new economic sanctions against Tehran while the discussions are ongoing. 
 
Obama described the U.S. on Tuesday as cleared-eyed about longstanding mistrust between Iran and six world powers that are working to prevent the Islamic republic from enriching enough uranium to build nuclear weapons.
 
But he used his State of the Union speech to give the U.S. credit for leading the way toward an interim agreement that has all but frozen Iran's nuclear program for the first time in a decade. 
 
An estimated $7 billion in international sanctions against Tehran have been lifted in exchange for slowing its nuclear program.

Obama says he doesn't expect Republicans to agree with his health care law, but he's urging his political opponents to give up their repeated attempts to do away with it. 
 
Obama said more than 40 votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act were plenty. He told members of Congress, quote, "We all owe it to the American people to say what we're for, not just what we're against."
 
He also used the opportunity in his high-profile speech to ask Americans to encourage those they know without insurance to sign up on government exchanges by the end of March. That's the deadline for Americans to get coverage or face a tax penalty. 

Obama says Democrats and Republicans in the House want to overhaul immigration laws. He calls on them to pass legislation this year.
 
Obama says it is time to heed the calls to change immigration laws from business and labor leaders, religious leaders and law enforcement officials.
 
The Senate passed broad legislation last year that enhances border security and provides a path to citizenship for about 11 immigrants in the United States illegally. Among the proposals under consideration by House Republican leaders is one that would give legal status to immigrants in the U.S. illegally but not citizenship.
 
The White House has said Obama wants the legislation to lead to citizenship. But Obama did not make that demand Tuesday night.

Critics in Congress want sanctions to remain. (AP) 

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