Republicans, Democrats suggest priorities ahead of State of the Union
February 9th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
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Republicans, Democrats suggest priorities ahead of State of the Union

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and Sen. Lisa Murkowski suggested where their policy priorities may lie in their weekly addresses on the eve of Tuesday's State of the Union.

Obama spoke about the federal government's financial situation - including a passed deadline for him to submit a budget and the across-the-board spending cuts set to take effect this spring. Should Republicans and Democrats be unable to resolve their differences, he said "our economic progress could be put at risk."

Murkowski, R-Alaska, pitched an energy plan in her address.

"Energy provides the basis of modern society and allows us to lead comfortable and productive lives," she said. "As we found out during the power outage at the Super Bowl, it’s also pretty important to professional football."

"My blueprint offers some 200 recommendations. These span the spectrum of resources and reforms, from the immediate approval of the Keystone XL pipeline to a trust fund for energy research that is paid for with the revenues from new production," she said.

She is the top Republican on the Senate committee responsible for energy regulations and titled her proposal "Energy 20/20: A Vision for America’s Energy Future."

Her proposal is for the U.S. to gain a level of energy independence, increase the viability of renewable energy in the marketplace, and further research in the field between now and 2020.

Her proposal includes some points which Democrats generally oppose, including the Keystone oil pipeline.

But Murkowski argued her plan would benefit the U.S. economy.

Obama turned his attention which has dominated many recent weekly addresses: the federal purse.

He argued for what he calls a "balanced approach" to handling the upcoming sequester - the spending cuts Obama and the legislature imposed upon the budget.

"I believe we can finish the job the same way we’ve started it – with a balanced mix of more spending cuts and more tax reform," he said.

A deal which included both spending cuts and tax increases reached at the beginning of the year temporarily delayed the cuts from taking effect.

Obama repeated his argument that Republicans' opposition to further tax increases puts the "burden of avoiding those (scheduled) cuts mainly on seniors and middle-class families."

Neither party made significant progress towards resolving either issue in their weekly addresses.

But they did set out their positions ahead of the State of the Union. In his address, Obama is expected to go into more detail on his proposals. Republicans have selected Sen. Marco Rubio, seen as a rising star in their party, to deliver their response.


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Dar

    Should Republicans and Democrats be unable to resolve their differences, he said "our economic progress could be put at risk."

    What Obama really said: Well my BS isn't working, so I have to blame somebody for my failures.

    February 9, 2013 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  2. Facts don't Lie

    Personally I wish the Republicans had more sentaors like Lisa Murkowski. I liked her from the first time she took on the Palin machine and came out on top. I think she's fair and way above some of the nonsense of the Tea Party and far right wing fringe. Plus being a woman in the GOP also helps a lot. I would actually vote for her if she were here in Texas...far better than ANYTHING that comes out of this state politically for sure.

    February 9, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  3. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well,
    A Budget would be a good start. You remember what a budget is don't you? You looking for Compromise? The Republicians have been compromising for the last 75 Years. Just allow us to spend some money for this program and then we will have the problem fixed. So 75 years later, just let us spend money on this program and the problem will be fixed. More Taxes. Ya know Barry, i never supported any of these big Pie in the Sky Programs. With a now 16.5 Trillion dollar Federal debt, I wonder why?

    February 9, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  4. Dan

    2008, Obama promised, among many, that as LEADER of this nation, he would cut the National Debt by 55 percent. . .

    10.3 TRILLION Dollar National Debt. . . Jan2009, Obama begins first term as LEADER of this nation

    16.1 TRILLION Dollar National Debt. . . Dec2012, Obama ends first term as LEADER if this nation

    16.4 TRILLION Dollar National Debt. . . Jan2013, Obama begins second term as LEADER of this nation

    26 TRILLION Dollar National Debt at current rate of growth. . . Dec2016, Obama ends second term as LEADER of this nation

    February 9, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. Randy, San Francisco

    This Nation has an unemployment crisis which is a greater problem than the debt problem. Stimulating the economy and putting people back to work will mean more tax dollars flowing in to reduce the deficit problem. The wealthy has bounced back from the recession. The poor and middle classes have not fared so well in the slow recovery. Now is the time to invest in rebuilding the economy. Reduced spending by the government and faiure of businesses to expand will threaten further recovery.

    February 9, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. otlset

    Lisa Murkowski is a Democrat in Republican's clothing. In other words she is a fraud. Thanks a lot to all the idiots in Alaska who put her in office to the country's detriment.

    February 9, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. CAWinMD

    They are both right. Do all of the above.

    February 9, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Ancient Texan

    More taxes will not solve the problem, it would just give the administration more money to throw around to his special interest groups to repay them for re-election.

    February 9, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |