Ohio lawmakers react to President Bush's State of the Union address

Quotes from Ohio congressional lawmakers about President Bush's 2003 State of the Union address:

"I was pleased with the President's words about a mentoring program for children of prisoners, an issue on which I look forward to working closely with the president. Additionally, I was pleased
that his plans for a drug treatment program will go much further than any previous administration." -Sen. Mike DeWine, a Cedarville Republican.
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"The economy needs a shot-in-the-arm to get people working again, restore consumer confidence, and help states and cities have the resources to provide needed services. Any stimulus plans should
have an immediate, job-creating benefit without adding to our long-term deficit woes." - Sen. George Voinovich, a Cleveland Republican.
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"In stark contrast to much of the rhetoric and hand-wringing we've heard and seen from a few in Washington, the president has proposed an ambitious agenda to create jobs, strengthen our health
care system, and ensure our security -- both at home and overseas. He did not simply list problems like some have chosen to do. He's offering real solutions." - Rep. John Boehner, a West Chester
Republican.
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"Last year, the president said, 'My economic security plan can be summed up in one word: jobs.' Almost a half-million Americans have lost their jobs in the last year, and the President's economic plan focuses on dividend tax cuts weighted heavily in favor of the wealthiest Americans." - Rep. Sherrod Brown, a Lorain Democrat.
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"I was particularly encouraged that the president directly told Congress to pass the ban on partial-birth abortion. I believe that we will do that. This is an opportunity now to save literally thousands of human lives in this country." - Rep. Steve Chabot, a Cincinnati Republican.
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"As the new chairman of the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, I especially welcome the president's initiative to make the United States a global leader in hydrogen fuel cell
technology as one way to increase our energy independence." - Rep. David Hobson, a Springfield Republican.
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"I had hoped to hear more specifics on economic recovery. I thought the president offered many more specifics internationally than he did domestically. I think the proof will be in the pudding for how we are going to pay for many of the initiatives that he discussed." - Rep. Marcy Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat.
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The speech included "many good initiatives that I think caught the other party by surprise, and not a declaration of war but a clear message that we expect results from Iraq and others who harbor terrorists." - Rep. Steve LaTourette, a Madison Republican.
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"While I expect a vigorous debate in the Congress on the president's economic plan, his basic message is one that all of us should be able to agree on -- that it is time to put partisanship aside, be responsible and disciplined in spending the taxpayer's money, encourage investment, and seek to ensure every American who wants a job will have one." -Rep. Bob Ney, a St. Clairsville Republican.
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"We need strong long-term growth in the economy, and the president's economic plan will achieve that." - Rep. Michael Oxley, a Findlay Republican.
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"I was very glad to hear the president address the issue of medical liability reform, which has very real repercussions in Ohio. ... Too many of Ohio's doctors are having to limit services, leave their practice or relocate to another state." - Rep. Rob Portman, a Cincinnati Republican.
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"President Bush not only made a compelling case for disarming Iraq, but he also laid out a robust domestic agenda that is sure to quiet critics of his ability to focus on foreign and domestic policies simultaneously." - Rep. Deborah Pryce, an Upper Arlington Republican.
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"If we're going to be competitive in the world of tomorrow, industry has to have all the latest technologies, and I think the tax cut measures that encourage investment are very important to the future." - Rep. Ralph Regula, a Navarre Republican.
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"States have been forced to cut key educational and health programs, and the president's plan will cut state revenue this year by $4 billion. Also left out of the president's plan are the one million employees who lost their jobs and their unemployment benefits." - Rep. Tim Ryan, a Niles Democrat.
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"The president said nothing that's going to help the states. His economic stimulus proposal is going to hurt Ohio. ... It's just a bad plan." - Rep. Ted Strickland, a Lucasville Democrat.
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"The president was at his best in explaining the need to disarm Iraq. I have supported, and will continue to support, the president's plan to disarm Iraq. Until now, however, he has not done the job of communicating the facts about Iraq to Americans and those in the world community. Tonight's speech was a vast improvement, but he must continue to build his case." - Rep. Pat Tiberi, a Columbus Republican.

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