Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) slammed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for making a "ridiculous" claim that the federal government doesn't have a spending problem.
"When we hear the House Democratic leader echo the president's claim that we don't have a spending problem, well, it's hard to know where to start after a ridiculous suggestion like that," McConnell said on the Senate floor.
Pelosi said earlier in the week that it's "almost a false argument to say that we have a spending problem."
But while Obama has a chance to propose specific cuts and reforms to entitlement programs, McConnell said Obama seems to be considering more tax hikes. The minority leader warned that there is little appetite for that in the country.
"The president, we expect, will be offering tax hikes that we all know would be used to finance even more spending, and we promised the American people we'd spend less," he said. "If the president does try to do that, then he shouldn't expect anyone else to go along, least of all the American people."
McConnell also ridiculed Obama for his apparent intention to "pivot" to jobs again in his address.
"I've lost count how many times the president's made one of these pivots," he said. "I mean, he's pivoted so many times, reporters covering the White House must be getting completely dizzy."
He noted that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) would deliver the GOP response to Obama's speech, saying Rubio and other Republicans have never had to refocus their energy on job creation.
"Unlike our rather easily distracted president, Sen. Rubio has never had to pivot to jobs."