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As President Barack Obama walked in to give the State of the Union, public opinion polls about Washington are at an all-time low.

"What I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class," Obama said. "Some require congressional action, and I'm eager to work with all of you. But 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."

After a tough year with parties so divided the government shut down, the president urged congress to be more cooperative. He also vowed to use his executive power to push through some changes that do not need congressional approval. The president wants to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 an hour.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., gave the GOP response to the president's speech.

"Republicans have plans to close the gap, plans that focus on jobs first without more spending, government bailouts and red tape," she said.

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