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Rep. Bill Johnson is waiting for president to lead

Published: Mon, February 11, 2013 @ 7:57 p.m.

By David Skolnick

Johnson, Ryan: President should inspire cooperation

Rep. Tim Ryan expects president to talk about job creation in State of the Union

STATE of the union

Valley reps urge call for unity in address


U.S. Reps. Bill Johnson, a Republican, and Democrat Tim Ryan say they hope the president’s State of the Union address Tuesday will help persuade both political parties to work together.

“President [Barack] Obama has an opportunity to begin addressing the critical challenges that face America,” said Johnson of Marietta, R-6th. “Hopefully, he will encourage his administration and his allies in the [Democratic-controlled] Senate to work with the House on common- sense solutions to move America forward, rather than continuing to view the House as an inconvenient obstacle. The House has acted and is waiting on President Obama to lead.”

Johnson wants Obama to “put aside partisan politics and work with the House. The stakes are too high” not to do so.

Ryan of Niles, D-13th, said he expects the president to talk about job creation in the address.

“The president can be proud of his first term, but much still needs to be done to ensure that our economy remains on a sound footing,” he said. “At the same time, I am expecting that he will challenge the Republican Party to be responsible governing partners and help move the country forward.”

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Avon, said Obama “should set a bold v ision for the future of American manufacturing” in the address.

“His administration has invested in the Tech Belt by bringing the first of its kind manufacturing hub to the Mahoning Valley,” he said. “I’m working to build on this by drafting legislation to develop a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation, an idea I hope the president will embrace in his speech.”

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat from Scranton, Pa., also called on the president to prioritize manufacturing investments.

It “is key to creating jobs and growing [Pennsylvania’s] economy,” he said.

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