Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2007
State of the Union: Local reaction
Here's what some of the Mahoning and Shenango valleys' elected leaders in Washington had to say about President Bush's State of the Union address:
U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson, D-6th (Ohio): "The challenges Ohio families face today, from the lack of good jobs to soaring health-care costs, are so much more important than party politics. Good ideas that address the 'kitchen table' concerns of everyday Ohioans will get my attention and support. That's true whether those ideas come from a Democrat or a Republican, and that includes the administration."
U.S. Rep. Phil English, R-3rd (Pa.): "Tonight President Bush made clear that we must pursue a bold domestic agenda to meet the needs of American working families that have been left behind by the recent growth of the economy and lay the groundwork for improving America's standard of living. ... I look forward to answering the president's call to develop meaningful health-care reform and strengthening our energy policy. However, I believe that Congress will need to go beyond the president's speech to pass effective legislation to help working families in Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S."
U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire, D-4th (Pa.): "Unfortunately, the president continues to go-it-alone, particularly on the war in Iraq. He has taken an approach that ignores the wishes of the American people, the advice of military generals and the independent Iraq Study Group. President Bush's plan will not bring success in Iraq or make America more secure. Instead, it will put 22,000 more troops into harm's way. We need a change of course and to hear from the president that our commitment is not open-ended."
U.S. Sen. George V. Voinovich, R-Ohio: "In order to remain competitive in the global marketplace and to protect our national security, it is critical that we become more energy independent. I have called for a 'Second Declaration of Independence' to make us less reliant on foreign sources of energy. It is my understanding that the president will be announcing a bold initiative in this area, which will help achieve our goal of energy independence and significantly reduce greenhouse gases. I am excited to work with him in 2007 on these goals."