President Barack Obama's State of the Union address will propose closing multibillion-dollar tax loopholes, senior administration officials say, as he continues his uphill battle with a Republican-controlled Congress. Jillian Kitchener reports.
U.S. President Barack Obama enters into his State of the Union address as a "double lame duck" with a Republican-controlled Congress watching closely. Some political experts say the president's post-election steps are hurried, and the big speech is likely to take on a defiant tone. American University Professor, James Thurber: (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROFESSOR JAMES THURBER, DIRECTOR FOR THE CENTER FOR CONGRESSIONAL AND PRESIDENTIAL STUDIES AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, SAYING: "Since the election, he has boldly changed our policy in Cuba, certainly irritated people who are for the embargo, people like Rubio, but people in his own party - Menendez. And he started going up in the polls. He's used executive authority to stop the deportations and that's very controversial and he's going up in the polls." Senior officials say Obama's address will continue on his theme of income equality... and will propose closing multibillion-dollar tax loopholes used by the weathiest Americans. With few allies now on Capitol Hill, Obama has already taken his message on the road... emphasizing lower unemployment numbers and improved economic indicators. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "America's resurgence is real. Don't let anybody tell you otherwise." And he's butting heads with Republicans over approving the Keystone XL pipeline - controversial with environmentalists, but popular with job-seeking Republicans. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL, SENATE MAJORITY LEADER, SAYING: "I assure you that threatening to veto a jobs and infrastructure bill within minutes of a new Congress taking the oath of office, a bill with strong bipartisan support, is anything but productive." (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "But America does not stand still and neither will I." Productive or not, the President will continue his fight to turn much of his vision into legislation.