(NBCNC) - President Obama heads to a manufacturing plant in North Carolina today to highlight one of the key points from his State of the Union speech last night: Creating more manufacturing jobs.
"We can't ask senior citizens and working families to shoulder the entire burden of deficit reduction while asking nothing more from the wealthiest and most powerful," the president said during his State of the Union address.
He's pushing for a permanent budget.
"The greatest nation on Earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next," he said.
Immigration reform and gun control will also be top priorities.
The president pitched new initiatives to create jobs, pay for energy research and improve education and expand trade.
Republicans say the speech was short on specifics.