President Barack Obama focused on the economy in a speech Wednesday morning in Kansas City.
He first touted reports of growing high school graduation rates, dropping unemployment numbers and increased manufacturing and exports released earlier in the day. He then emphasized the importance of making the recovery more universal through increased spending on education and job training, as well as raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
He suggested Republicans in Congress were part of the reason Americans don’t benefit more from record stock market highs and other parts of the recovery.
“How do we make sure we’ve got an economy that’s working for everybody?” Obama said. “Imagine how much further along we’d be if Congress was doing its job. … They haven’t been too helpful. They haven’t been as constructive as I would have hoped.”