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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJRT) -

(01/27/14) – It is a tradition that started with America's founding fathers. On Tuesday, President Obama will deliver his fifth State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress.

After a rough 2013, and facing lower than ever approval ratings before a big State of the Union address, the President has a plan.

He is set to tell the nation that he is willing to sidestep Congress to get things done.

"I hope the president will reach out and look at different issues that we can work cooperatively on, rather than just try to score political points," said Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) about the president's address. "There are a number of things, certainly our economy, which has got to be foremost on our minds."

It is a key midterm election year and the president is facing a Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Some of those Republicans think the president is abusing his executive power.

"I don't think we should be satisfied with where we are right now in terms of peoples wage levels, in terms of their opportunities, and that's why you see people not have the most optimistic outlook for the future," said Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), chairman of the Ways and Means committee.

The president is expected to talk about narrowing the gap between the rich and poor, increasing the minimum wage, and getting something done when it comes to immigration reform.

"What I'll be looking for are elements of his speech that deals specifically with how places like ours back home will be included in the economic agenda," said Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee (MI). "Too often we had periods of growth and expansion that have not included communities like Flint and Saginaw bay cities."

And this State of the Union is going to be different for viewers at home. Now, viewers can get directly involved with an interactive site sponsored by the White House. It will allow users to see charts and links to more information about issues the [president is discussing in real-time.

The White House says the State of the Union is not just a conversation with Congress, but a conversation with the American public – one that's expected to shape this New Year on Capitol Hill.

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