He also pledged to issue more executive orders to accomplish his goals: "So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do."
Read GovExec's real-time coverage of the speech below.
Prior to joining Government Executive’s staff, Ross Gianfortune worked at The Washington Post, The Gazette Newspapers, WXRT Radio and The Columbia Missourian. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from University of Missouri and a master's in communications from the American University.
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