Tonight, Obama’s State of the Union address

Jessica Lee

President Barack Obama is estimated to advocate for "smarter government" instead of "bigger government" Tuesday night. 

Excerpts of the president's first State of the Union address since winning a second term were released prior to the speech.

Obama is expected to discuss gun control, immigration reform, job creation, the sharp government spending cuts that are set to take effect in March and the country's looming deficit.

“Tonight, I’ll lay out additional proposals that are fully paid for and fully consistent with the budget framework both parties agreed to just 18 months ago. Let me repeat – nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. It’s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth,” said Obama in the advance excerpts, according to the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reported that the unemployment rate is still hovering around eight percent and consumer confidence has slipped since Obama took office four years ago, all markers of the country's deficit.

Obama's plan to invest in manufacturing and improving public infrastructure, to spur job growth, was blocked by Republicans in his first term, but he is estimated to try again.

"It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country – the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love,"  said Obama in the advance excerpts, according to the Washington Post.