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Obama Supports Easing Tourist Visas, Urges Greater U.S. Share in Global Travel Market.

2 WASHINGTON The tourism initiative, announced in Florida on Thursday, was part of an executive order Obama signed to increase non-immigrant visa processing capacity in China and Brazil by 40 percent this year and expand a visa waiver program that lets participating nationals to travel to the U.S. for stays of 90 days or less without a visa.

Obama said too often "we've seen Congress drag its feet and refuse to take steps we know will help strengthen our economy." The president said that has prompted him to take executive actions to give states more flexibility to help children meet higher educational standards, help small businesses with federal contracts get paid at a faster rate, offer incentives for companies to hire veterans and help families refinance their mortgages.

Obama will deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday. The president said he'd offer a "blueprint for actions we need to take together --not just me, or Congress, but every American-- to rebuild an economy where hard work and responsibility are rewarded. An economy that's built to last." --SPA 10:49 LOCAL TIME 07:49 GMT

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