WASHINGTON (AP) — The president's advisers are warning that if lawmakers won't work with the White House, the White House will go around them.
President Barack Obama makes his State of the Union address on Tuesday.
Top White House aides say Obama will try to work with Congress where it's possible.
But press secretary Jay Carney and senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer say the White House will take action with executive orders if needed.
On ABC's "This Week," Carney says the White House will "bypass Congress where necessary."
Pfeiffer tells "Fox News Sunday" that Obama, quote, "has a pen, and he has a phone, and he's going to use those."
Republican Sen. Rand Paul tells CNN's "State of the Union" that it sounds like a threat.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a first, working-age people now make up the majority in households that rely on food stamps.
That's a switch from a few years ago, when children and the elderly were the main recipients.
Some of the change is due to demographics, like the trend toward people having fewer children. But the slow economic recovery is also playing a role, with high unemployment, stagnant wages and an increasing gulf between low-wage and high-skill jobs.
Government data shows that food stamp participation has grown fastest among workers with some college training. It's a sign the safety net has stretched to cover what used to be the middle class.
The program now covers 1 in 7 Americans.