As President Obama prepares for his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, he has solicited members of his Cabinet for ideas of executive actions he could enact without Congressional approval that would further his goal of tackling income inequality.

In the first weeks of January, Obama has repeatedly said he has a “pen and his phone” and will use them to bypass Congressional gridlock and help his agenda.

While White House spokesman Jay Carney said he didn’t want to preview the president’s speech, he said no one should be surprised that Obama’s going to “reemphasize his capacity” as president to both work with Congress and use his executive authority to help create more opportunities for hardworking Americans.

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