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President set to deliver State of the Union address
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - At 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night, President Barack Obama is set to deliver his 5th State of the Union Address, from Washington.
The President, who lately has been plagued by some of the lowest poll numbers of his presidency, will again call for a year of action.
But if he can't get action from Congress, the President says he's willing to go it alone.
President Obama will announce an executive order raising the minimum wage for new federal contract workers to $10.10 per hour, while calling on Washington lawmakers to raise the minimum wage for everyone else.
"Nobody who works full time and works hard at their job should live in poverty," said White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.
The President is also expected to announce executive actions on job training, retirement security, and help for the long-term unemployed.
He will then take his message on the road starting Wednesday.
The Republican rebuttal will be delivered by Washington state Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, the highest-ranking female Republican in Congress.