(CNN) – Three days before the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama and Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling on Saturday offered what could be previews of their parties' messages next week.
In the GOP weekly address, Hensarling bashed the record of Obama's three-year administration, criticizing the state of unemployment, gas prices, and national debt under his watch.
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"Regardless of the president's good intentions, his policies have failed the American people," he said. "His policies haven't just failed to make the economy better – they have actually made it worse."
Hensarling pushed the "Republicans' Plan for America's Job Creators," a collection of reforms and projects unveiled last fall by the House GOP. Among those measures is the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the Canada-to-Gulf Coast conduit that the administration blocked this week, saying they needed more time to consider the environmental impact.
"The president rejected the project and buried 20,000 shovel ready jobs," Hensarling said.
In his weekly address, Obama did not mention the Keystone project but continued to place blame for inaction squarely upon Capitol Hill.
"Too often over the last few months, we've seen Congress drag its feet and refuse to take steps we know will help strengthen our economy," he said, listing his administration's action on education, government contracts, veteran employment, housing, loans and consumer protection.
He touted tourism reforms he announced at Disney World on Thursday, which the president said would make it easier for foreign visitors to travel to and spend money in the United States.
"And the more folks who visit America, the more Americans we get back to work," Obama said.
The president's annual State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress will take place Tuesday evening. Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana will deliver the Republican response, and one-time Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain will deliver a response sponsored by the Tea Party Express.