The president's emphasis on education means that free or highly subsidized subsidized higher education should be an explicit part of the domestic policy agenda.
The White House has joined a national chorus of protests against the so-called bi-partisan Ryan-Wyden plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system.
The administration wants passage of a short-term budget measure to allow for more time for negotiations on the budget bill and the payroll tax cut for workers.
Republicans in Congress voted 234 to 193 yesterday to slash more than in half the number of weeks people can collect unemployment benefits next year.
The pilot is part of the initial implementation of the administration's new "prosecutorial discretion" guidelines for dealing with undocumented immigrants.