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Rep. Bill Johnson is waiting for president to lead

Published: Tue, February 12, 2013 @ 12:09 a.m.

Johnson, Ryan: President should inspire cooperation

By David Skolnick

By David Skolnick



U.S. Reps. Bill Johnson, a Republican, and Democrat Tim Ryan say they hope the president’s State of the Union address tonight 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.

“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.


1timOthy(802 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

JOHNSON the congress should work with Senate and The President !! Wasn't this just HASHED OUT DURING THE ELECTION ???

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2chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

timmie ryan and President Obama both declared that the Affordable Health Care Act would 'bend the cost curve downward".

However premiums and costs keep going up according to the CBO

Proof that ryan is not only Pelosi's lapdog.

Get ready for the ultimate exam: "Bend over and hold your ankles."

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3UNCOMMONSENSE(622 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Chuckie the Affordable Care Act isn't even fully implemented so how can you say it is not working?? You should bend over and pull your head out.

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4papa1(711 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

a repub congressman has invited insane nutjob ted nugent to the state of the union speech tonight. this is outrageous. this sob threatened obama last year saying, "if he's re-elected i'll either be dead or in jail." that is a veiled threat and he was questioned by the secret service. he shouldn't be let in the door tonight. he is a disgusting, dangerous, puke of a human being!!

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5youngspartanrepublican(92 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

So? Nancy Pelosi is bringing in Gabby Giffords to be her gun control prop.

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6DwightK(1535 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

I think Bill Johnson is mixing up President Obama with House Speaker John Boehner.

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7busyman(239 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Man youngspartanrepublican!!! I cannot believe that you said that. I supposed if all the children at Stoney Nook were Democrats that you would say something stupid like that. The women was shot. We are human beings first and party associations last. This is why the Republicans have tag as not being a caring party, they have lost the human compasion that is present among all Gods children.

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8redeye1(5615 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Papa Do youi know what would be worse then Ted being invited. You, that's who! You are nothing but a headjob away from serving OBAMMY your king.
uncommonsense You are right the Obammy care bill isn't fully enacted yet. But, when it is, its going to cost the average family over $20,000 a year for coverage. Right now I'm paying just a tick over $15,000. a year. That';s going to be some kind of saving. Don't you think, when its going cost me more then $5,000. a year more. Oh wait That's how OBAMMY sees it. He sure is out for the middle class.

busyman Why can;'t someone mention something like YR did and not get labeled by a liberal. All he said was Peloser was bringing Gabby Big DEAL! One other thing alot of people(soldiers) are shot yearly what makes her so special !!!

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9rocky14(830 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Hey Billy Johnson

When are you going to start to do something for your district?

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10jojuggie(1702 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

The posts, on this message board, except for one, stink of liberalism. Youngstown is showing its true colors, EL STINKO. When you differ with a liberal you are a nut job.
Tell me folks, 3 former great cities, Cleveland, Detroit, & Youngstown, when was the last time they had a Repub mayor?
Democrat, the party of STUFF - FREE.

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11GoPens(397 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Hilarious headline. We're still waiting for Bill Johnson to do ANYHING.

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12markmyword(8 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

And when Johnson and the Republicans agree to start doing something for this country instead of against it, maybe then we can actually get something done. I do like it when we have a bipartisan congress but at this point I think the only way this country will ever move forward is if we can remove the republicans in 2014 !! It is appalling how they behave like children and block everything they can. Lets face it, the real problem for them is that Obama is a black man, and he was elected twice and they just can't deal with that.

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13redeye1(5615 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

markmyword What do you want us to be deeper in debt. Let's face it, we can't and won't spend our way out of this terrible economic situation. Someone has to stand up to Obammy and his foolish spending plans.
I have to wonder if you are one of the union members who made out like a bandit with his stupid stimulis plan last year. All this guy and the liberals know is , lets throw money at a problem and maybe it will go away. WRONG! it hasn't yet. I don't want to pay any more taxes for the underachievers in this country. So why don't we vote out all of our politicans wether they are D party or GOP members. It is time to vlean house all the way.

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14papa1(711 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

obama has, to his credit, put up with more racism and hatred and prejudice from the miscreants on the right and deserves the medal of honor. to try and fix what these bastards have done to our country in such a short time and is actually making headway puts him way up there on the presidential hierarchy. the venom, the visciousness coming from the far right is criminal. and he has kept his composure and remained classy. no amount of money in the world would be enough to make most people tolerate this. i don't know what's going to happen in the future but i do know that this brave, honest, black american did his best to right this roiling ship, against all odds and shame on those who did everything they could to stand in his way, because he was on Gods' side!!

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15DSquared(1778 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

hey Ratso Rizzo, You and your dem buddies are very compassionate. With EVERYONE ELSE'S MONEY! Every fat arse democrat I see on TV tonight is a Millionaire at least. Reid, Pelosi, Durbin: even tax swindler Charlie Rangel. Multi-millionaires all.There's so many envelopes passed under those tables on the dem side of the aisle, it's not even funny. So save your BS for your low-information voter friends. Here's YOUR major lesson. Why did you and your party support the MURDER of 40 million innocent babies??? Sleep on that pal!

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16redeye1(5615 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

papa When Bush was in office your so -call liberal friends weren't nice to him either. But since OBAMMY Mammy is black we have to live by a differnet code of conduct . That is BS. He's a boy who can't lead himself to the bathroom without help. He has done nothing to improve this country. Gas prices have doubled under his watch something that didn't hapeen under "The OILMAN "Bush's watch. He 's now going to cause yours and mine untility rates go thru the roof with his idiotic ideas. Yeah he's out for the middle class. That's just more BS from him. Wake uo before its too late you kool-aid drinking fool!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know the stock market is up, but only until tomorrow . After his speech tonite it will plummet like rock. Just wait and see!!!!!

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17glbtactivist(320 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Johnson is an embarrassment to our community. He votes against anything our President proposes, regardless of how good it would be to the citizens of our area. He must be defeated in the next election.

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