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The President speaks to the nation in the State of the Union address Tuesday

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Monday morning we're taking a look at what President Obama is expected to say in Tuesday's State of the Union Address, and what impact it may have on Congress getting things done.

The last time the President spoke here - at inauguration - he laid out a pretty progressive agenda. Tuesday, we get more details.

While the President's expected to push for gun control, clean energy, and immigration reform, the White House says he'll focus on middle class jobs. "The economy will be central to this speech and how we grow the economy," said Former Obama Deputy Campaign Manager, Stephanie Cutter.

"What I hope to be able to hear from the President in the State of the Union is he wants to join us in trying to affect much smarter cuts in spending," said Rep. Eric Cantor, (R) Virginia.

He'll urge Congress to prevent automatic spending cuts looming next month. "The result could be a huge blow to middle-class families and our economy as a whole. [ ] "All our economic progress could be put at risk," said President Barack Obama.

That could mean big losses for Head Start, Research, Small Business, and government layoffs. "This thing is going to put 600,000 people out of work, and we're talking cops, we're talking teachers," said Rep. Keith Ellison, (D) Minnesota.

"We've got to avoid it. We've got to stop it," said Senator John McCain, (R) Arizona.

"Let's sit down and do this in a thoughtful manner. And let's include revenue," said Senator Dick Durbin, (D) Illinois.

But will Republicans will agree to bringing more money into the government - more revenue? "Will I look at some revenue closers? Maybe so. But we've already just raised taxes. Why do we have to raise taxes again?" said Senator John McCain, (R) Arizona.

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