Losing No Time, Obama Takes Agenda to the States
A day after delivering his State of the Union address, President Obama again pushed for an increase in the minimum wage. But this time it was in suburban Maryland, where he kicked off a two-day, four-state swing intended to showcase new areas of executive action. Obama also signed an executive memorandum ordering the creation of new workers’ retirement savings accounts — MyRAs — at a steel plant in Pennsylvania. Though the policies Obama is implementing by executive order are relatively modest, they are intended to demonstrate his commitment to action with or without Congress and build momentum for his agenda in the face of slipping approval ratings.