WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWS CENTER 23) — President Obama addressed Congress on Tuesday night on his State of the Union Address, the first of his second term, and pointed out his plan for bringing our troops home from Afghanistan, government spending, the national debt and his push for gun control. The main focus of this speech was on the middle class and how he plans to improve the economy and find work for the nearly 12 million Americans who are unemployed. His speech was warmly received by Democrats and mostly dismissed by Republicans, but the President will need both parties to achieve any of his goals.
On foreign policy, the President announced a major troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by bring home 34,000 troops by this time next year. On immigration reform, the President pushed for a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants and also raising the federal minimum wage to $9 dollars an hour and matching the wage to the cost of living.