President Barack Obama on Tuesday will deliver the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress that is likely to mirror his inauguration show minus the lip-syncing performance of Beyoncé.
Gun control, amnesty for illegal immigrants and a Christmas wish list of new spending proposals are expected to top the president’s agenda.
Republican leaders have chosen Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to deliver the Republican address to the nation following the president, which will be available in English and Spanish.
The president’s list of new choices to head key agencies continues to grow: The confirmation vote of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) to be Defense secretary hit a snag last week in committee and is not expected to move forward until some new document requests from Republicans are met. Also still pending are the confirmation votes for Jacob J. Lew to replace Timothy F. Geithner as Treasury secretary, John O. Brennan to serve as CIA chief, and last week’s nomination for Sally Jewell to lead the Interior Department.