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State of the Union Address lays out several proposals
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - President Obama laid out a number of major proposals in Tuesday night's State of the Union Address, his first since his re-election in November.
Among them, proposals included raising the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour, saying that at current minimum wage, a full-time worker would still make about $15,000 per year.
The President used the speech to send a message to lawmakers, asking them to get to work.
Tuesday night's address focused mainly on domestic and economic issues, and on the need for a divided Congress to compromise.
He urged them to boost job creation, and strengthen the middle class through a series of government-backed proposals.
President Obama also called for increasing the federal minimum wage, spending more to fix the nation's roads and bridges, and expanding early childhood education.
The President drew strong applause when he announced that 34,000 troops would return from Afghanistan by this time next year.
He also got a standing ovation when he discussed gun laws.
The President said bills on background checks and large magazines are being discussed, and that lawmakers owe it to victims of gun violence to bring them to the floor.
Local lawmakers reacted to the President's speech almost immediately, and we profiled some of those responses here.
Congressman Bill Huizenga said in a response on YouTube he's concerned with the President's plan to balance the budget.
Congressman Fred Upton also issued a statement saying in part, "I was heartened by the President's repeated call to work beyond party lines on the many pressing issues before us."
"Meeting these challenges will not be easy," Rep. Upton continued, "but it is necessary for the future prosperity of our nation."