President Barack Obama addressed the nation last night in the State of the Union address.
Obama gave a 65-minute speech to the nation in which he told Americans he believes "2014 can be a breakthrough year.'' He said he was willing to work with Congress, but he vowed to use executive actions to help improve the economic conditions for Americans.
"Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do," the president said.
Washington Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers offered the Republican response.
"Tonight the president made more promises that sound good, but won't actually solve the problems facing Americans. We want you to have a better life, the president wants that, too, but we part ways when it comes to how to make that happen," she said.
She said her party is determined to empower Americans and close the gap "between where you are and where you want to be."
Local politicians from both sides of the aisle reacted to the speech.
Democratic Congressman John Garamendi tsaw the president's speech as a call to action.
"The international issues, he hit the jobs issues very well, and he also spoke to the challenge that we have in Congress to get the job done. There's work to be done, we need to get with it," Garamendi said.
Republican Congressman Tom McClintock saw some issues with the Affordable Care Act.
"Why don't we give those same tax advantages to the employees themselves so that they can shop around for the policy that best meets their needs and that they would own and that they could fire if it wasn't serving their needs," McClintock said.
Obama says the new health care law has helped Americans such as Amanda Shelley, a single mom from Arizona, whose emergency surgery would have left her bankrupt if she hadn't gotten health insurance a week before.