We've heard from President Barack Obama, and now we want to hear from you: What do you think is the state of the union?
The president called for an increase in minimum wage and for business owners to "give America a raise" at his fifth State of the Union address Tuesday.
A new $10.10 minimum wage was implemented for federal contractors before the speech.
"Because if you cook our troops meals or wash their dishes you should not have to live in poverty," he said.
The same standard should be adopted nationwide, the president said.
He also pushed for equal pay for women and a more progressive workplace, saying "She deserves to have a baby without sacrificing her job" and "It's time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a Mad Men episode."
Obama called on Congress to pass immigration reform by the end of the year.
"It's time," Obama said.
Surveillance reform was also also championed because the privacy of ordinary people shouldn't be violated, he said.
Obama said he will veto any attempt to implement new sanctions against Iran because doing so would derail negotiations with Iran.
"For the sake of our national security we must give diplomacy the chance to succeed," he said.
Talking about terrorism, Obama said America will “fight the battles that need to be fought" to combat terrorism, but the nation “must move off a permanent war footing.”
The United States of America should not "allow our sons and daughters to be mired in open-ended conflicts," he said.
The president also touched on the American economy, Obamacare, war in Afghanistan and pointed to drought in the western United States as sign of climate change.
"Climate change is a fact. And when our children's children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did," he said.
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