a deliberative or legislative or administrative assembly
Fifty-one years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this
Chamber that “the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress…It is my task,” he said, “to report the State of the Union – to improve it is the task of us all.”
a period of 10 years
decade of grinding war, our brave men and women in uniform are coming home.
characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion
After years of
grueling recession, our businesses have created over six million new jobs.
a person who uses goods or services
Our housing market is healing, our stock market is rebounding, and
consumers, patients, and homeowners enjoy stronger protections than ever before.
the remains of something that has been destroyed
Together, we have cleared away the
rubble of crisis, and can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is stronger.
complete and wholehearted fidelity
But we gather here knowing that there are millions of Americans whose hard work and
dedication have not yet been rewarded.
all the people living at the same time or of the same age
It is our
generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class.
an accommodation in which both sides make concessions
They do expect us to forge reasonable
compromise where we can.
return to an original state
Our work must begin by making some basic decisions about our budget – decisions that will have a huge impact on the strength of our
an excess of liabilities over assets
Over the last few years, both parties have worked together to reduce the
deficit by more than $2.5 trillion – mostly through spending cuts, but also by raising tax rates on the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans.
an expert in the circulation of goods and services
As a result, we are more than halfway towards the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction that
economists say we need to stabilize our finances.
support and make steadfast
As a result, we are more than halfway towards the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists say we need to
stabilize our finances.
(of a law) having legal validity
In 2011, Congress passed a law saying that if both parties couldn’t agree on a plan to reach our deficit goal, about a trillion dollars’ worth of budget cuts would automatically go into
effect this year.
based on or subject to individual discretion or preference
These sudden, harsh,
arbitrary cuts would jeopardize our military readiness.
pose a threat to; present a danger to
These sudden, harsh, arbitrary cuts would
jeopardize our military readiness.
cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
devastate priorities like education, energy, and medical research.
keep away from others
That’s why Democrats, Republicans, business leaders, and economists have already said that these cuts, known here in Washington as “the
sequester,” are a really bad idea.
present for consideration, examination, or criticism
Now, some in this Congress have
proposed preventing only the defense cuts by making even bigger cuts to things like education and job training; Medicare and Social Security benefits.
something that aids or promotes well-being
Now, some in this Congress have proposed preventing only the defense cuts by making even bigger cuts to things like education and job training; Medicare and Social Security
the people who inhabit a territory or state
Yes, the biggest driver of our long-term debt is the rising cost of health care for an aging
marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself
And those of us who care deeply about programs like Medicare must embrace the need for
modest reforms – otherwise, our retirement programs will crowd out the investments we need for our children, and jeopardize the promise of a secure retirement for future generations.
weight to be borne or conveyed
But we can’t ask senior citizens and working families to shoulder the entire
burden of deficit reduction while asking nothing more from the wealthiest and most powerful.
a group of people living in a particular local area
We won’t grow the middle class simply by shifting the cost of health care or college onto families that are already struggling, or by forcing
communities to lay off more teachers, cops, and firefighters.
the condition of having good fortune
Most Americans – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents – understand that we can’t just cut our way to
the entire amount of income before any deductions are made
They know that broad-based economic growth requires a balanced approach to deficit reduction, with spending cuts and
revenue, and with everybody doing their fair share.
order by virtue of superior authority; decree
On Medicare, I’m prepared to
enact reforms that will achieve the same amount of health care savings by the beginning of the next decade as the reforms proposed by the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles commission.
supported by both sides
On Medicare, I’m prepared to enact reforms that will achieve the same amount of health care savings by the beginning of the next decade as the reforms proposed by the
bipartisan Simpson-Bowles commission.
a grant paid by a government to an enterprise
We’ll reduce taxpayer
subsidies to prescription drug companies and ask more from the wealthiest seniors.
fail to agree with; go against
And I am open to additional reforms from both parties, so long as they don’t
violate the guarantee of a secure retirement.
an unconditional commitment that something will happen
And I am open to additional reforms from both parties, so long as they don’t violate the
guarantee of a secure retirement.
an amount or percentage subtracted
To hit the rest of our deficit reduction target, we should do what leaders in both parties have already suggested, and save hundreds of billions of dollars by getting rid of tax loopholes and
deductions for the well-off and well-connected.
shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
After all, why would we choose to make deeper cuts to education and Medicare just to
protect special interest tax breaks?
assign to a higher position
How does that
including all or everything
Now is our best chance for bipartisan,
comprehensive tax reform that encourages job creation and helps bring down the deficit.
a set of rules or principles or laws
The American people deserve a tax
code that helps small businesses spend less time filling out complicated forms, and more time expanding and hiring; a tax
code that ensures billionaires with high-powered accountants can’t pay a lower rate than their hard-working secretaries; a tax
code that lowers incentives to move jobs overseas, and lowers tax rates for businesses and manufacturers that create jobs right here in America.
make certain of
The American people deserve a tax code that helps small businesses spend less time filling out complicated forms, and more time expanding and hiring; a tax code that
ensures billionaires with high-powered accountants can’t pay a lower rate than their hard-working secretaries; a tax code that lowers incentives to move jobs overseas, and lowers tax rates for businesses and manufacturers that create jobs right here in America.
a positive motivational influence
The American people deserve a tax code that helps small businesses spend less time filling out complicated forms, and more time expanding and hiring; a tax code that ensures billionaires with high-powered accountants can’t pay a lower rate than their hard-working secretaries; a tax code that lowers
incentives to move jobs overseas, and lowers tax rates for businesses and manufacturers that create jobs right here in America.
right granted by law or contract
I realize that tax reform and
entitlement reform won’t be easy.
something hard to endure
But the alternative will cost us jobs, hurt our economy, and visit
hardship on millions of hardworking Americans.
marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences
So let’s set party interests aside, and work to pass a budget that replaces
reckless cuts with smart savings and wise investments in our future.
wander from a direct course or at random
The greatest nation on Earth cannot keep conducting its business by
drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next.
stand up for; stick up for; of causes, principles, or ideals
Let’s agree, right here, right now, to keep the people’s government open, pay our bills on time, and always
uphold the full faith and credit of the United States of America.
a list of matters to be taken up, as at a meeting
Now, most of us agree that a plan to reduce the deficit must be part of our
provide with abilities or understanding
How do we
equip our people with the skills needed to do those jobs?
sufficient for the purpose
And how do we make sure that hard work leads to a
the underlying structure
Tonight, I’ll lay out additional proposals that are fully paid for and fully consistent with the budget
framework both parties agreed to just 18 months ago.
cause to move faster
There are things we can do, right now, to
accelerate this trend.
the act of starting something for the first time
Last year, we created our first manufacturing
innovation institute in Youngstown, Ohio.
the inherent capacity for coming into being
A once-shuttered warehouse is now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering the 3D printing that has the
potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything.
a drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking
And I ask this Congress to help create a network of fifteen of these hubs and guarantee that the next
revolution in manufacturing is Made in America.
the full DNA sequence of an organism
Every dollar we invested to map the human
genome returned $140 to our economy.
marked by balance or equilibrium and readiness for action
After years of talking about it, we are finally
poised to control our own energy future.
a substance that is released
And over the last four years, our
emissions of the dangerous carbon pollution that threatens our planet have actually fallen.
the property of two things happening at the same time
We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak
so strong as to be irresistible
Or we can choose to believe in the
overwhelming judgment of science – and act before it’s too late.
the outcome of an event
I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the
consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.
furnish money for
So tonight, I propose we use some of our oil and gas revenues to
fund an Energy Security Trust that will drive new research and technology to shift our cars and trucks off oil for good.
a fervent and even militant proponent of something
If a non-
partisan coalition of CEOs and retired generals and admirals can get behind this idea, then so can we.
a particular aspect of life or activity
sector is just one part of an aging infrastructure badly in need of repair.
the basic features of a system or organization
America’s energy sector is just one part of an aging
infrastructure badly in need of repair.
become worse or disintegrate
Ask any CEO where they’d rather locate and hire: a country with
deteriorating roads and bridges, or one with high-speed rail and internet; high-tech schools and self-healing power grids.
falling short of some prescribed norm
Tonight, I propose a “Fix-It-First” program to put people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs, like the nearly 70,000 structurally
deficient bridges across the country.
resist or confront with resistance
And to make sure taxpayers don’t shoulder the whole burden, I’m also proposing a Partnership to Rebuild America that attracts private capital to upgrade what our businesses need most: modern ports to move our goods; modern pipelines to
withstand a storm; modern schools worthy of our children.
contain as a part
Part of our rebuilding effort must also
involve our housing sector.
someone who organizes a business venture
These initiatives in manufacturing, energy, infrastructure, and housing will help
entrepreneurs and small business owners expand and create new jobs.
register formally as a participant or member
But today, fewer than 3 in 10 four year-olds are
enrolled in a high-quality preschool program.
Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on – by
boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime.
being essentially equal to something
Right now, countries like Germany focus on graduating their high school students with the
equivalent of a technical degree from one of our community colleges, so that they’re ready for a job.
an integrated course of academic studies
Four years ago, we started Race to the Top – a competition that convinced almost every state to develop smarter
curricula and higher standards, for about 1 percent of what we spend on education each year.
support through government grants
But taxpayers cannot continue to
subsidize the soaring cost of higher education.
a basis for comparison
And tomorrow, my Administration will release a new “College Scorecard” that parents and students can use to compare schools based on a simple
criteria: where you can get the most bang for your educational buck.
the power of creative imagination
Our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and
ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants.
an organization obstructing action by unnecessary procedures
And real reform means fixing the legal immigration system to cut waiting periods, reduce
bureaucracy, and attract the highly-skilled entrepreneurs and engineers that will help create jobs and grow our economy.
draw up an outline or sketch for something
As we speak, bipartisan groups in both chambers are working diligently to
draft a bill, and I applaud their efforts.
unfair treatment of a person or group based on prejudice
We know our economy is stronger when our wives, mothers, and daughters can live their lives free from
discrimination in the workplace, and free from the fear of domestic violence.
in essence or effect but not in fact
Tonight, let’s also recognize that there are communities in this country where no matter how hard you work, it’s
virtually impossible to get ahead.
a course of events that will inevitably happen in the future
America is not a place where chance of birth or circumstance should decide our
without an occupant or incumbent
Let’s put people back to work rebuilding
vacant homes in run-down neighborhoods.
something immaterial that interferes with action or progress
And we’ll work to strengthen families by removing the financial
deterrents to marriage for low-income couples, and doing more to encourage fatherhood – because what makes you a man isn’t the ability to conceive a child; it’s having the courage to raise one.
a loss entailed by giving up something
Tonight, we stand united in saluting the troops and civilians who
sacrifice every day to protect us.
not controlled by outside forces
Beyond 2014, America’s commitment to a unified and
sovereign Afghanistan will endure, but the nature of our commitment will change.
a radical who advocates violence against civilians
Instead, we will need to help countries like Yemen, Libya, and Somalia provide for their own security, and help allies who take the fight to
terrorists, as we have in Mali.
existing for a long time
That is why my Administration has worked tirelessly to forge a
durable legal and policy framework to guide our counterterrorism operations.
a political system in which power lies in a body of citizens
I recognize that in our
democracy, no one should just take my word that we’re doing things the right way.
relating to negotiation between nations
Likewise, the leaders of Iran must recognize that now is the time for a
diplomatic solution, because a coalition stands united in demanding that they meet their obligations, and we will do what is necessary to prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon.
all the weapons and equipment that a country has
At the same time, we will engage Russia to seek further reductions in our nuclear
arsenals, and continue leading the global effort to secure nuclear materials that could fall into the wrong hands – because our ability to influence others depends on our willingness to lead.
a deliberate act of destruction or disruption
Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to
sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems.
destroy completely, as if down to the roots
So the United States will join with our allies to
eradicate such extreme poverty in the next two decades: by connecting more people to the global economy and empowering women; by giving our young and brightest minds new opportunities to serve and helping communities to feed, power, and educate themselves; by saving the world’s children from preventable deaths; and by realizing the promise of an AIDS-free generation.
being or involving basic facts or principles
The process will be messy, and we cannot presume to dictate the course of change in countries like Egypt; but we can – and will – insist on respect for the
fundamental rights of all people.
marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable
And we will stand
steadfast with Israel in pursuit of security and a lasting peace.
the act of following in an effort to overtake or capture
And we will stand steadfast with Israel in
pursuit of security and a lasting peace.
an official engaged in international negotiations
All this work depends on the courage and sacrifice of those who serve in dangerous places at great personal risk – our
diplomats, our intelligence officers, and the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.
a unit gathering and interpreting information about an enemy
All this work depends on the courage and sacrifice of those who serve in dangerous places at great personal risk – our diplomats, our
intelligence officers, and the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.
a person who has served in the armed forces
We will keep faith with our
veterans – investing in world-class care, including mental health care, for our wounded warriors; supporting our military families; and giving our
veterans the benefits, education, and job opportunities they have earned.
model of excellence or perfection of a kind
When any Americans – no matter where they live or what their party – are denied that right simply because they can’t wait for five, six, seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are betraying our
a statement that is added to a proposal or document
Overwhelming majorities of Americans – Americans who believe in the 2nd
Amendment – have come together around commonsense reform – like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun.
projectiles to be fired from a gun
Police chiefs are asking our help to get weapons of war and massive
ammunition magazines off our streets, because they are tired of being outgunned.
the ceremonial induction into a position
Just three weeks ago, she was here, in Washington, with her classmates, performing for her country at my
responsible for managing the affairs of a group of people
Indeed, no laws, no initiatives, no
administrative acts will perfectly solve all the challenges I’ve outlined tonight.
being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish
But we were never sent here to be