Kucinich, Progressives Challenge Bush's Agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (pictured, right) is calling on Congress and President Bush to pass what he calls an economic bill of rights.

Kucinich is chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He says that Americans are worse off today than they were a year ago because of a falling stock market, the California energy crisis and surging unemployment.

The Cleveland Democrat and a dozen other lawmakers gave an early rebuttal to the president's State of Union Address. Bush's speech is expected to touch on military spending and the economy.

Kucinich says that instead of spending more on the military, America needs to concentrate on health care, the environment, higher-paying jobs and Social Security.

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