Obama Presses for More Spending, Gun Control
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- 2013 Feb 13
President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address Tuesday night to press for more government spending, challenge Republicans over Medicare and declare that victims of gun violence "deserve a vote" on a sweeping gun control package, Fox News reports. Obama also included a call to increase the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour, up from $7.25, to pass immigration reform and to expand early education to all 4-year-olds in the country. Though Obama stated, "Nothing I'm proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime," Sen. Marco Rubio, R.-Fla, countered in the GOP response that Obama's solution "to virtually every problem we face is for Washington to tax more, borrow more and spend more." More government, Rubio said, will "hold you back."