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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In his fifth State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama challenged Congress to address a legislative agenda he says will continue to strengthen this country's economic recovery, and provide new opportunity to more Americans.
"As President, I'm committed to making Washington work better and rebuilding the trust of the people who sent us here. I believe most of you are, too."
The president outlined several initiatives to put the U.S. on a solid footing economically and technologically in the 21st century.
In addition to adding jobs, Obama says wages must rise along with productivity. He laid out a plan to raise minimum wage for U.S. contractor employees to $10.10 an hour.
The president said he's following up his landmark health care legislation, by creating
MyRA, a new savings bond to encourage workers to save for retirement to help families get ahead.
"After all, that's the spirit that has always moved this nation forward. It's the spirit of citizenship - the recognition that through hard work and responsibility, we can pursue our individual dreams, but still come together as one American family to make sure the next generation can pursue its dreams as well," said President Obama.