This evening, the region's lawmakers will be at the Capitol with their colleagues for the president's annual State of the Union address. Not much was accomplished by a divided Congress last year, but the region's lawmakers are still holding out hope some bipartisan progress can be made this election year.
The president's short-term jobs package has all but died at the feet of Republicans who say it's too costly. Still, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) says he wants to hear the president continue his fight to get money for first responders and transportation projects.
"He had a plan for jobs. He had a plan for this country," Cummings says. "He needs to stick with it no matter what."
Even before the president has uttered a word, Republicans are already upset with the direction the administration is going at the start of this year. GOP leaders are up in arms that the president is delaying the annual release of his budget by a week.
Obama's critics say this shows he's not doing enough to cut federal spending. The president will attempt to address whose concerns and others beginning at 9 p.m. EST tonight.