Vote on President Obama’s State of the Union Proposals

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President Obama delivering the State of the Union address. Photo: Doug Mills

On January 20th, President Obama delivered his second to last State of the Union address. Despite having been delivered a blow in the most recent midterm elections – losing Democratic control of the Senate and watching as more seats turned red in the House – the president laid out an ambitious and unapologetically left-leaning agenda. Among his proposals included tax hikes on the wealthiest, an increase in the minimum wage, increased federal support for childcare services, making community college free for most students, and continued action to combat climate change. Some policies that might find favor amongst conservatives include expanded authority to negotiate trade deals and action against extremist groups such as the Islamic State. But overall, the President put forward ideas that have long been supported in liberal circles and will probably not move very far in a Republican dominated Congress.

However unlikely his proposals are to pass, the pundits are saying that President Obama succeeded in setting the terms of debate for the next two years, showcasing issues that are likely to dominate the 2016 election. Join in that discussion today as Civinomics brings you most of the key proposals so that you can cast votes, comment, and share with your friends. Click the links below to engage in the State of the Union debate!

Raise the Federal Minimum Wage to $10.10

President Obama urged Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.

 

Free Community College for Two Years

President Obama put forward a plan to make the first two years of community college free for qualifying students.

 

Income Tax Credit For Childcare

The President’s proposal would streamline and dramatically expand child care tax benefits, helping 5.1 million families cover childcare costs for 6.7 million children.

 

Cyber Security Reform

President Obama’s proposal would shield businesses from privacy lawsuits for sharing their data, including consumer information, with the Department of Homeland Security and other businesses in an effort to thwart hacking.

 

Lift the Trade Embargo on Cuba

President Obama called on Congress to lift the trade embargo on Cuba.

 

Give the President Fast-Track Trade Authority

In his State of the Union address, President Obama asked congress to grant him more authority to make international trade deals.

 

Authorize Use of Force Against ISIL

President Obama called on Congress to pass a resolution authorizing the use of force against the terrorist group the Islamic State.

 

1 Comment

  1. Paul R says:

    I don’t think the president should have the power to act like a dictator. Washington needs to get their act together so both sides can work together.

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