POSTED: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 2:15pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 2:19pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — President Obama is getting a start on an ambitious second term agenda.
On Capitol Hill, the House and Senate got back to work with a much clearer picture of the president's intentions for the next four years.
The president called for action on gay marriage, climate change, workplace equality for women and immigration reform during his inaugural address.
Supporters expressed hope for progress.
"I'm so excited about how focused he is on the work that is to do," said Rieneke Zessoules, who traveled to the public inauguration ceremony from her home in North Garden, Virginia.
On the Senate floor, Republican leader Mitch McConnell called for teamwork.
"Today we should recommit ourselves to the task of facing up to the problems head on," he said.
But any work on Capitol Hill could be met by more gridlock.
On MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Republican Senator Tom Coburn said the president failed to unify the nation.
"We have some big problems and a lot of them aren't going to be achieved until we're pulled together," Coburn argued.
The real test will come in the days ahead as Congress addresses the debt ceiling.
Tomorrow the House will vote on a plan to temporarily raise the debt ceiling without spending cuts.
The plan also withholds lawmakers pay if a budget isn't passed on time.