Real reform means strong border security, and we can build on the progress my Administration has already made – putting more boots on the southern border than at any time in our history, and reducing illegal crossings to their lowest levels in 40 years.
Real reform means establishing a responsible pathway to earned citizenship – a path that includes passing a background check, paying taxes and a meaningful penalty, learning English, and going to the back of the line behind the folks trying to come here legally.
And real reform means fixing the legal immigration system to cut waiting periods, reduce bureaucracy, and attract the highly-skilled entrepreneurs and engineers that will help create jobs and grow our economy.
The Republican Party's message makeover may soon face a critical test as it considers the Violence Against Women Act, legislation that draws into sharp contrast the differences between the two parties on women's issues.
The Senate passed the measure on Wednesday, 78-22, and sent it to the House of Representatives, where proponents expect a fight that would test Republican efforts to embrace inclusiveness.
The Senate bill includes services, such as legal aid and shelter stays to domestic violence victims without regard to their immigration status or sexual orientation.
Supporters credit the Clinton-era act, which expired in 2011, with sharply reducing the number of lives lost to domestic violence.
Last year, the Senate passed a similar bill by a slightly less convincing margin, while the House approved its version on a mostly party line vote. But Congress failed to reach a compromise.
GRAPHIC: The president already got his tax hikes. The National debt has grown by nearly $6. Spending is the problem. http://dld.bz/cgBdyRepLarryBucshonvia twitter on Feb 12, 2013 at 9:40 PM
Agree, we need comprehensive tax reform. Disagree new code needs to be based on class warfare. Everyone needs skin in the game. - PGRepGosarvia twitter on Feb 12, 2013 at 9:39 PM
What amount of tax is enough Mr President? It's not only the rich paying more tax. You have all folks paying more, for what? #SOTURepScottPerryvia twitter on Feb 12, 2013 at 9:39 PM-- From CNN's Dan Merica
Obama's immigration/amnesty plan ignores tragedy of human trafficking in the US. Thousand of victims each year. #SOTURep. Steve Stockmanvia twitter on Feb 12, 2013 at 9:52 PM-- From CNN's Dan Merica
The regime in must know that they will only achieve security and prosperity by meeting their international obligations. 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.
Where necessary, through a range of capabilities, we will continue to take direct action against those terrorists who pose the gravest threat to Americans.
So here’s an idea that Governor Romney and I actually agreed on last year: let’s tie the minimum wage to the cost of living, so that it finally becomes a wage you can live on.