What to expect during the State of the Union

Facing low approval numbers and stagnant Congress

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WASHINGTON D.C.  (NBC News) – Will President Obama’s sagging approval ratings erode support for his agenda in Congress?

With sickly approval ratings and a stagnant Congress, President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address will likely be more of an opportunity to press the reset button than a feel-good TV presentation for his party.

State of the Union speeches typically include a laundry list of policy goals and requests for congressional action.

But with Congress mostly spinning its wheels, with the notable exception of some possible traction on immigration reform, Obama’s remarks are likely to prompt substantial discussion of what he can and can’t do to bypass Capitol Hill entirely.

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