|By Bryan Lowry, The Wichita Eagle|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Executive orders are presidential policy directives that don't require congressional approval but carry the force of law.
"That's when we act -- when
"You folks are doing your jobs," Obama told the crowd of about 1,500. "Imagine how much better we'd be doing if
The House approved filing the lawsuit by a vote of 225-201 later in the day.
Obama spoke not long after the
"We hold the best cards. Things are getting better," Obama said about the nation's place in the global economy.
Obama said that GDP growth and increases in corporate profits were not the true tests of a healthy economy. The bar is whether workers see an increase in wages, he said.
"That's the measure of whether the economy is working. ... Is it doing well for ordinary folks who are working hard every day?" he said.
Obama called again for
"If folks have more money in their pocket, then businesses have more customers. If businesses have more customers, they hire more workers," Obama said to applause. "You start moving in the right direction. But it starts not from the top down. It starts from the bottom up."
"It would hurt young and low-income Americans the most by destroying the very jobs that give them a start in the American workforce," Pompeo said in an e-mail.
That report also estimates that a minimum-wage increase would boost the average family's income by 3 percent and lift 900,000 people above the poverty threshold.
The president touted an executive order to allow people to repay student loans at an income-based rate.
"I don't want our young people just saddled with debt before they've even gotten started," he said.
Obama also called for investment in infrastructure and clean energy as ways to ensure that the U.S. economy continues to grow. He called for
Obama is not on the ballot this year, but the speech had the tone of an election-year call to arms for Democrats to get out the vote in a year that many analysts project Republicans could take the
The crowd booed when the president mentioned the lawsuit from congressional Republicans, which he noted would be paid for with taxpayers' money.
"Don't boo. Vote," Obama said.
"They're counting on you getting cynical so you don't vote, don't get involved," Obama said. "You can't afford to be cynical.
"Cynicism did not put a man on the moon. Cynicism did not give women the right to vote," he said.