President Calls For "Year of Action", Close of Income Inequality In SOTU

By Eric Dutkiewicz -21Alive

President Barack Obama speaks to a joint session of Congress at the 2014 State of the Union Address.

January 28, 2014 Updated Jan 28, 2014 at 11:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (21Alive) - President Barack Obama called for a "year of action" to end partisan gridlock during his fifth State of the Union Address.

"Let’s see where else we can make progress together," the president says. "What I believe unites the people of this nation, regardless of race or region or party, young or old, rich or poor, is the simple, profound belief in opportunity for all–the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead."

That year of action for Mr. Obama starts with an executive order to that requires pay for federal contractors to move from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour.

"Give America a raise," the president echoed through the House chambers.

Along with the federal pay raise, the president plans to offer what he calls "concrete, practical proposals" to help struggling middle-class Americans.

"Our job is to reverse these tides," Obama will tell the joint session of Congress. "America does not stand still - and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do."

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash, will offer the Republican Response to the president's plans following the State of the Union.

U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, will provide the additional Tea Party Response.

The 2014 State of the Union Address can be seen at 9 p.m. Tuesday on 21Alive & NBC33.

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