Obama: Bold Steps Can Strengthen Middle Class

WASHINGTON (August 31, 2013)--It won't be easy to reverse forces that for decades have conspired against working Americans, but with a few bold steps and common sense in Washington, the U.S. can make progress, President Barack Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address.

The president said he will continue fighting for better wages, secure retirements, and expanded access to education, home ownership and health care.

A strong middle class is the key to making the U.S. economy once again the envy of the world, he said.

In the Republican address, U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., said Mr. Obama's health care and energy policies have created nothing but roadblocks for American workers.

He said the Republican jobs plan would put Americans, not the government, in the driver's seat.

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