Washington, D.C. Update: January 18, 2016 January 15, 2016 Both chambers of Congress were in session last week for the State of the address. President Barack Obama addressed both chambers last Tuesday and spoke about his plans for the last year of his presidency. He spoke about the torrent of change that has left many Americans fearful of the future. He urged citizens to not fall victim to fear, but to overcome it and make America work for everyone. The overall tone of the speech was optimistic and Obama stressed the need to overcome division to make America the country we want it to be. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley provided the Republican response; she urged voters to reject the loudest and angriest voices in the political arena (presumably in reference to Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump). After the speech, both chambers were session for a short time, but went into recess so Republicans could travel to Baltimore for their annual legislative retreat, where they plan their agenda for the year. This week, the House is in recess, while the Senate will be in session.