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Obama Highlights Executive Action He Has Started Taking: 'I've Got a Pen and a Phone

Obama Highlights Executive Action He Has Started Taking: 'I've Got a Pen and a Phone

"[W]henever I can take steps without legislation ... I will."

President Barack Obama highlighted in his weekly  address Saturday some of the executive actions he has taken this year, warning Congress once again that he will not stand by and wait for them to act on a host of issues.

"I want to work with Congress on this agenda where I can," Obama said. "But in this year of action, whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, I will."

[sharequote align="center"]"I’ve got a pen and a phone..."[/sharequote]

"I’ve got a pen and a phone – a pen to take executive action, and a phone to rally citizens and business leaders who are eager to create new jobs and new opportunities," he continued. "And we’ve already begun."

Among a series of moves, Obama noted that he has ordered "across-the-board reform of our training programs" and directed the U.S. Department of Treasury to create "my-RA."

"So when you hear me talk about using my pen and my phone to make a difference for middle class Americans and those working to get into the middle class, that’s what I mean," he said. "And I’m going to keep asking students and parents and business leaders to help – because there are millions of Americans outside Washington who are tired of stale political arguments, ready to move this country forward, and determined to restore the founding vision of opportunity for all."


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