Reality Check: Did President Bush Keep Promises From 2006 State of the Union Address?

President Bush speaks before Congress and the nation tonight to deliver his priorities for 2007 in the annual State of the Union address.

But how well did Bush do on the promises he made this time last year?

Tonight, Bush is expected to defend his Iraq War strategy, and outline his goals this year for global warming and alternative energy fuels, as well as immigration, health care and education.

ABC News researched the promises Bush kept -- and the promises forgotten -- after his 2006 State of the Union speech.

Of the concrete promises the president made in his 2006 speech, ABC News found that only one-third of them had been kept.

However, analysts argue that the State of the Union speeches often include long lists of policies the president hopes to see the Congress act upon, rather than measures that lawmakers can reasonably be expected to see passed into legislation.

"The speech usually defines the direction of where a president wants to be, but not necessarily what can get passed," said John Fortier, a political scientist and research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.

This year, Fortier said, Bush is further hampered by a Democratic Congress, which isn't as likely to pass his priorities as the Republican-led Congress last year.

Therefore the president will structure his speech around less contentious domestic issues such as the environment, energy and immigration, Fortier said.

"He knows he's constrained by the Democratic majority in Congress, and so he will focus on domestic issues where he has common ground with the Democrats," he said.

Promise Not Kept: Making Bush's First-Term Tax Cuts Permanent

In an effort to push the Republican-led Congress to pass legislation making his first-term tax cuts permanent, Bush said in the 2006 State of the Union speech, "We need more than temporary tax relief. I urge the Congress to act responsibly, and make the tax cuts permanent."

Bush's first-term tax cuts expire by the year 2011. While Democrats have said they won't seek to repeal Bush's major first-term cuts, they oppose legislation making the tax cuts permanent.

Promise Not Kept: Passing the Line-Item Veto

In last year's speech, Bush said, "I am pleased that members of Congress are working on earmark reform, because the federal budget has too many special-interest projects. And we can tackle this problem together, if you pass the line-item veto."

Supporters of the presidential line-item veto power argue that it would serve to cut down on the process of slipping earmarks into spending bills. However, opponents argue the line-item veto would give the executive branch far-reaching powers over legislation created by elected representatives.

The House of Representatives passed legislation (H.R. 4890) on June 22, 2006, that would have given Bush a six-year line-item veto, and would have allowed him to strike spending and tax provisions from legislation without vetoing the bill.

However, a bipartisan group of senators opposed the measure, and the Senate never took up the House bill.

Promise Not Kept: Guest Worker Program

In his 2006 State of the Union speech, Bush said, "We must have a rational, humane guest worker program that rejects amnesty, allows temporary jobs for people who seek them legally, and reduces smuggling and crime at the border."

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