Obama Explains 'What Every Worker Deserves to Know'

July 21, 2014 - 10:39 AM

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FILE - This Aug. 11, 2013, file photo shows President Barack Obama golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

(CNSNews.com) - "Every worker deserves to know that if you lose your job, your country will help you train for an even better one," President Obama said in his weekly radio address on Saturday, at the end of a busy week when foreign crises dominated the headlines.

Obama mentioned that Vice President Joe Biden this week will release a report on ways to reform federal job training programs: "And I'll visit a community college in L.A. that's retraining workers for careers in the fast-growing health care sector," he said. "Because every worker deserves to know that if you lose your job, your country will help you train for an even better one."

The president talked about job creation, the unemployment rate, and U.S. competition with China:

"Across lots of areas -- energy, manufacturing, technology -- our businesses and workers are leading again. In fact, for the first time in over a decade, business leaders worldwide have declared that China is no longer the world's best place to invest -- America is."

He also talked about his "opportunity agenda," which is aimed at the middle class:

"We should raise the minimum wage so that no one who works full-time has to live in poverty. We should fight for fair pay and paid family leave. We should pass commonsense immigration reform that strengthens our borders and our businesses, and includes a chance for long-time residents to earn their citizenship."

The president repeated that he wants to work with Congress, but if that doesn't  happen, "I will do whatever I can, whenever I can, to help families like yours. Because nothing's more important to me than you -- your hopes, your concerns, and making sure this country remains the place where everyone who works hard can make it if you try."