State Of The Union Reaction

January 24, 2007

President Bush hit the road this morning to promote the new energy
initiative he outlined to Congress and the nation last night.

During his State of the Union address last night, the President also
urged the Democratically controlled Congress to help him expand health
care coverage to millions of uninsured Americans, reform immigration
policy and balance the budget.

"We can work through our differences and achieve big things for the
American people" said Bush.

And while the President opened with his domestic agenda a good portion of his address focused on Iraq and his controversial plan to send more than 20 thousand additional troops to Baghdad.

"Our country is pursuing a new strategy in Iraq and I urge you to give it
a chance to work" said Bush.

But lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have their doubts and argue
the clock has already run out for the President's plan in Iraq.

"The experts believe, as I believe, that an additional 20 thousand troops
is not going to change the dynamic there, it will put more of our young
men and women in harms way" said Senator Barrack Obama, D-Illinois.

"There is no strategy , this is a ping pong game with American lives" said Senator Chuck Hagel, R-Nebraska.

And this morning the Senate Foreign Relation committee is discussing a
resolution opposing that Presidential plan for increased troop levels.
Democrats are confident they have enough votes for the non-binding
measure to pass.

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