“It's the simple proposition that now that the economy is in a stronger place than it's been in a very long time, we need to double down on our efforts to deal with wage stagnation and declining economic mobility,”
The White House has already released the policies it hopes to use to frame the debate. On Saturday, officials said the president would call on
Pfeiffer acknowledged the plans aren't tailored to appeal to Republicans, who took complete control of Congress this month.
"Are they going to agree on everything? Absolutely not, but I think we should have the debate in this country between middle-class economics and trickle-down economics and see if we can come to an agreement on the things we do agree on," he said.
Republicans quickly rejected the White House’s proposals. Sen.
"The notion, first of all, that in order for some people to do better someone has to do worse is just not true," Rubio said. "Raising taxes on people that are successful is not going to make people that are struggling more successful. The good news about free enterprise is that everyone can succeed without punishing anyone."
A spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) tried to use the president's tenure against him.