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Tonight during the State of the Union address Pres. Obama will rally lawmakers on Capitol Hill to help improve the U.S. economy.
"At stake is whether new jobs and industries take root in this country, or somewhere else. It's whether the hard work and industry of our people is rewarded," the President is expected to say according to prepared remarks released from the White House.
Pres. Obama will strike a positive tone about conditions on Wall Street and Main Street.
"We are poised for progress. Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again," Mr. Obama will say the released excerpts show.
Don't miss the State of the Union address at 9 p.m. ET on CNN, followed by the GOP and Tea Party Express responses.
Republicans are calling on Pres. Obama to cut more spending to reduce the federal deficit.
"We look forward to tonight's State of the Union, but if history is our guide, most Republicans will probably agree... with 80 percent of what the President says," said Rep. Jeb Hernsaling, R-Texas, during a news conference on Capitol Hill this afternoon.
Despite the partisan issues, there will be a show of unity tonight. More than two dozen legislators will break from the traditional seating along party lines. Instead some Republicans and Democrats will sit next to each other.
The move comes after the shootings in Tuscon, Arizona that killed six people and wounded several others, including Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. In a symbolic move, the Arizona delegation will sit together but leave her seat empty.
Rep. Giffords intern Daniel Hernandez who rushed to help her after she was shot, and Dr. Peter Rhee, the trauma chief at University Medical Center where Giffords was treated will be among the special guests sitting with First Lady Michelle Obama.
During the GOP response, we've learned Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, will also talk about the Tucson tragedy.
"President Obama just addressed a Congressional chamber filled with many new faces. One face we did not see tonight was that of our friend and colleague, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. We all miss Gabby and her cheerful spirit; and we are praying for her return to the House Chamber," Rep. Ryan's released excerpts show.
Ryan will also tackle the fiscal challenges ahead.
"Our nation is approaching a tipping point. We are at a moment, where if government's growth is left unchecked and
unchallenged, America's best century will be considered our past century."
Tea Party supporter Rep. Michele Bachmann is expected to take aim at Pres. Obama's fiscal moves during her response.
"After the $700 billion bailout, the trillion-dollar stimulus, and the massive budget bill with over 9,000 earmarks that the President signed, many of you implored Washington to please stop spending money we don't have. But, instead of cutting, we saw an unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt at President Obama's direction; unlike anything we have seen in the history of our country," Rep. Bachmann will say according to her prepared remarks.
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