U.S. spending battle looms over Obama speech
US citizens and politicians
and world leaders and media
will be closely watching what
president Obama says and how
he says it. This speech could be
a big issue for the next two years.
Democrats and Republicans are gearing up for a clash over what is likely to be a central theme of President Barack Obama's address to Congress on Tuesday: deficit reduction and spending cuts.
Obama, a Democrat, is scheduled to make his State of the Union address at 9 p.m. on Tuesday (0200 GMT on Wednesday), and the White House has signaled the president will focus his time primarily on the economy and U.S. fiscal woes.