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Obama to Go On Offense in State of Union Address

By    |   Monday, 19 Jan 2015 11:24 PM

President Barack Obama will play an offensive role during his State of the Union address Tuesday night and during the remaining two years of his presidency, according to a report.

A Washington Post story claims Obama, a Democrat, will attempt to flex his political muscle even though Republicans control both chambers of Congress.

He has vowed to veto as many as five pieces of legislation this month, even though he has vetoed only two bills during his first six years in the White House.

Obama will travel to Idaho and Kansas this week after his speech to tout his agenda for the next two years, reports the Post.

"America's resurgence is real," Obama said during his weekly radio address over the weekend. "Our job now is to make sure that every American feels that they're a part of our country's comeback. That's what I'll focus on in my State of the Union — how to build on our momentum, with rising wages, growing incomes and a stronger middle class. And I'll call on this new Congress to join me in putting aside the political games and finding areas where we agree so we can deliver for the American people."

Obama's ideas for the next two years include raising taxes on higher-earning Americans and the roughly 100 U.S. financial firms with assets exceeding $50 billion. The president claims the tax increase will amount to $320 billion in revenue for the government.

Republicans have vowed to not pass the tax increase plan. Republican Rep. Ted Poe of Texas told Newsmax TV Monday the GOP won't let it happen.

"I mean are you kidding me?" Poe said. "The president wants a tax increase? Americans are already paying too high in taxes percentage-wise.

"No new taxes. Not going to happen. The economy is struggling. No tax increase, Mr. President. I'm sorry, Congress will not pass that."

Obama is not willing to give into Republicans' demands when it comes to some issues, while others, such as free trade and infrastructure, have more wiggle room, according to the Post.

Obama will provide a roadmap of the final 24 months of his administration during his speech on the House floor Tuesday night. He said Monday he will be more relaxed than in past years, given that this will be his sixth time addressing Congress.

Following Obama's speech, Republicans will fire back with Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst's formal response from the party.

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