In his State of the Union address, President Obama challenged Congress to make the government smarter, not bigger.
This call for efficiency over growth is a clear nod to the ongoing conflict the White House has with Republicans over taxes and spending:
“Let me repeat – nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. It’s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth.”
He also stressed the continued need for widespread job creation:
“A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs – that must be the North Star that guides our efforts.”
The President addressed concerns over North Korea’s latest nuclear test, as well:
“Provocations of the sort we saw last night will only isolate them further, as we stand by our allies, strengthen our own missile defense, and lead the world in taking firm action in response to these threats.”
Following the address, President Obama will travel through three states in three days to rally support for his agenda.