In tonight’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama referenced the government shutdown. He said he believes that 2014 can be “a breakthrough year for America,” as long as the government works together to make it happen.

“The question for everyone in this chamber, running through every decision we make this year, is whether we are going to help or hinder this progress,” he said, stressing that politicians have been consumed by an argument over the size of government.


TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's 2014 State of the Union Address


“It’s an important debate – one that dates back to our very founding.,” he said. “But when that debate prevents us from carrying out even the most basic functions of our democracy – when our differences shut down government or threaten the full faith and credit of the United States – then we are not doing right by the American people.”