State Of The Union: Obama to tackle income inequality

First lady Michelle Obama waves as she arrives for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
First lady Michelle Obama waves as she arrives for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is expected to call on Congress tonight to restore the nation’s belief in “opportunity for all.”

The White House has released excerpts of the president’s State of the Union address. In them, Obama says upward mobility has stalled for millions of Americans, despite four years of economic growth, rising corporate profits and stock prices.

Obama is offering proposals he says will boost growth and provide opportunities for financially struggling Americans to work their way into the middle class.  He says the country is united by the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead.

But Obama also plans to tell lawmakers that while he’s eager to work with Congress, he won’t wait for them and will act on his own “wherever and whenever” he can.

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