Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said this morning that she will be listening for President Obama to offer specific solutions to the unemployment, government spending and energy problems facing the U.S. when he delivers his State of the Union speech Tuesday evening.
Bachmann will deliver her own response to Obama's speech tonight, even though House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was picked to deliver the official Republican response.
On the House floor Tuesday, Bachmann said she wants to hear what Obama's "pro-job" program will be, and also wants to hear what cuts to federal spending Obama will propose and what programs he would eliminate. On the latter point, she asked whether cuts would be made only to pay for new "investments," which she said is another word for spending.
Bachmann also wants to hear whether Obama will seek to scale back the Environmental Protection Agency's effort to issue "cap and trade" regulations that would force companies to live under carbon production limits or pay for permits allowing them to exceed these limits. She said she wants to hear an energy plan for the U.S., and noted that one is needed because gasoline prices are rising and expected to rise further.
Bachmann spoke during a roughly 30-minute session this morning. The House adjourned at about 10:30 a.m. and will return at noon, when it will take up three measures.