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Obama: ‘I’ll act on my own’ to make ‘breakthrough year’ happen

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Ben Wolfgang
The Washington Times
January 19, 2014

Again promising to act on his own wherever and whenever he can, President Obama on Saturday said the U.S. is on the cusp of an economic breakthrough but accused Republicans of standing in the way.

“We are primed to bring back more of the good jobs claimed by the recession and lost to overseas competition in recent decades. But that requires a year of action,” Mr. Obama said in his weekly address. “And I want to work with Congress this year on proven ways to create jobs, like building infrastructure and fixing our broken immigration system. When 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 so-called “year of action” has become Mr. Obama’s central theme in recent weeks as he has pledged to use his executive authority as often as possible to affect change. Already this year he’s used his own power to put in place new gun restrictions, to spur changes in higher education and in other areas.

Earlier this week, he took executive action to establish a new technology hub in Raleigh, N.C., where government resources, leading universities and private companies will come together to research and eventually build a new, more efficient form of semiconductor.

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