Reaction to President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaEPA chief calls for 'aggressive' rollback of regulations at CPAC Clinton: Dems will be 'strong, unified' with Perez Trump: I could not be happier for Perez or the GOP MORE's first State of the Union address is sure to dominate this weekend's Sunday talk shows, as lawmakers prepare to act on many of the policy prescriptions the president outlined Wednesday night.
Democrats have heralded Obama's speech this week as the perfect energizer ahead of what is sure to be a series of hard-fought battles over healthcare reform and job creation. But Republicans have largely lambasted the address as too partisan, especially at a time when political divisions have created serious policy impasses in the House and Senate.
Later in the show, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellThough flawed, complex Medicaid block grants have fighting chance Sanders: 'If you don't have the guts to face your constituents,' you shouldn't be in Congress McConnell: Trump's speech should be 'tweet free' MORE will offer his thoughts about the president's re-tooled agenda. McConnell has long been a critic of the president's approach to both healthcare reform and economic recovery, and he is likely to repeat many of his objections this weekend.
A similar debate will play out on NBC's "Meet the Press." Separately, White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod and House GOP Leader John BoehnerJohn BoehnerHouse markup of ObamaCare repeal bill up in the air Conservatives to Congress: Get moving Boehner: ObamaCare repeal and replace 'not going to happen' MORE (R-Ohio) will sit down with host David Gregory to reflect on the president's first year in office and offer predictions for what might happen in 2010.
BoehnerJohn BoehnerHouse markup of ObamaCare repeal bill up in the air Conservatives to Congress: Get moving Boehner: ObamaCare repeal and replace 'not going to happen' MORE's appearance is particularly noteworthy, as it follows the conclusion of the House Republican Conference's annual policy gathering this weekend.
The president joined the GOP caucus in Baltimore on Friday for a televised policy discussion, during which he took questions from Republican lawmakers. The debate periodically grew tense, reflecting heightened partisan divisions in Washington, though Boehner expressed hope after the event concluded that both sides could cooperate more in the coming months.
Also taking center stage on Sunday: Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R-Mass.), who will join Barbara Walters on ABC's "This Week."
Brown, as Senate Republicans' 41st vote, has jeopardized Democrats' plans to pass a healthcare reform bill in its current state. However, it remains unclear how much he will support his own party on other important bills pending action in the Senate.
Meanwhile, "Fox News Sunday" will feature a panel of lawmakers from both parties: Sen. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderGOP governors confront Medicaid divide A guide to the committees: Senate Overnight Healthcare: Trump officials weigh fate of birth control mandate | House, DOJ seek delay in ObamaCare lawsuit MORE (R-Tenn), Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind), Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanIf Democrats want to take back the White House start now GOP grapples with how to handle town halls Leaked ObamaCare bill would defund Planned Parenthood MORE (R-Wis.) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). The debate there is likely to center around the budget, one of the key areas of Obama's State of the Union speech.
The president announced Wednesday he would propose a cap on all non-defense discretionary spending over the next three years, and he promised to create a bipartisan debt-reduction panel in the coming weeks. Both ideas have produced mixed reactions among lawmakers -- especially those scheduled to appear on Fox this Sunday -- as many in both parties disagree on whether the measures are excessive or insufficient.
The budget debate might also dominate CBS's "Face the Nation." There, Govs. Haley Barbour (R-Miss.), Ed Rendell (D-Pa.) and Jennifer Granholm (D-Mich.) will likely discuss the effects of the economic downturn on their respective states' finances -- and, additionally, how healthcare reform could factor into that equation. Sen. John ThuneJohn ThuneYahoo reveals new details about security Conquering Trump returns to conservative summit Low-income consumer broadband credits mean competitiveness, choice and compassion MORE (S.D.), one of the Republican Party's rising stars, will also join the panel.