President Prepares For Showdown With Congress In SOTU (with Photos & Video)

By Eric Dutkiewicz

February 13, 2013 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 9:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (www.incnow.tv) - Jobs and the economy was the central focus of President Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday night.

Hot off his election victory and recent inauguration, the president took a looming showdown with Congress over mandatory spending cuts and budget cuts.

"Let's set party interests aside," the president said. "And work to pass a budget that replaces reckless cuts with smart savings and wise investments in our future. And let's do it without the brinksmanship that stresses consumers, and scares off investors. The greatest nation on earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next."

Mandatory spending cuts would go into effect March 1 if a budget is not worked out.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., offered the Republican Response following the State of the Union Address.

“More government isn’t going to help you get ahead," Rubio says. "It’s going to hold you back. More government isn’t going to create more opportunities. It’s going to limit them."

The Congressional budget office announced Tuesday those automatic cuts could cost the economy 1 million jobs, and send the country into a recession.

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