President gets tough on Congress in tonight’s State of the Union

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In Tuesday night’s State of the Union speech President Barack Obama will tell Congress he’s raising the minimum wage, without their help.

By Executive Order he will increase the minimum wage for federal workers to $10.10 an hour, a nearly three dollar increase per hour.

Some of the workers who will see more money include kitchen and laundry wokers on military bases, construction wokers at government sites and janitors at federal buildings.

Aides say he will encourage Congress to act or get out of the way.

Critics say the president’s ‘go-alone strategy’ will ultimately undermine his larger agenda.

Other big issues are likely to include immigration reform and gun control.

The minimum wage, immigration reform, and a vote on a gun bill were all mentioned in last year’s State of the Union.

The republican-controlled House stalled many of the President’s efforts to pass new legislation.

Washington Congresswomen Cathy McMorris Rodgers will give the GOP response.

Utah Senator Mike Lee will give a Tea Party response.

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