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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 1 year, 7 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 1 year, 7 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(364 comments)posted 1 year, 7 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(660 comments)posted 1 year, 7 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 1 year, 7 months ago

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

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6DwightK(1256 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

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

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7busyman(239 comments)posted 1 year, 7 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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8TonyRizzo(82 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Republicans want you to be compassionate if it suits their interests. They have had their spirituals eyes closed by money riches and power when it come to helping your fellow man.
These people are Cruel Heartless Human beings and have lost there way.
48 Senators voted NO on helping victims of Super Storm Sandy. All this after Republicans recieved aid for their states. Now Georgia & Mississippi just got walloped with severe Tornadoes, guess what? They are asking now for emergency aid. Hypocrites.
Louisiana Senators wanted aid for Katrina victims and recieved it and the Missouri Senator got help for Joplin when it was wiped off the map, now these Right Wing Senators voted NO after they got help for their emergencies.
Republicans are the Hypocrites of all Hypocrites.
Religious Right? Please they are the biggest Heretics of All.
Kill Kill Kill! All in the name of US Interests and Security (Fox News). "Guns Guns Guns! Wars Wars Wars! The Lord + Says :
"If You Live By The Sword, Then You Will Die By The Sword...."
There is no voting in the Kingdom of God, no democracy. His Judgement is Just, Righteous and Final.
Politics is a secular and has no place in the Holy Things Of God!
Separate the 2.
"Render Unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar. Render Unto God what Belongs to God!"
Politics (Far Left Homosexuality and Murder/abortion and Far Right Wing Tea Party Thieves and Hoarders and Violence) Government and the Kingdom Of Heaven are not to be mixed. One is Holy and one is secular.
Christ teaches that and the American Founding Fathers Understood this as well. Separation of Church and State.
The Right Wing Conservative philosophy does not distinguish between the two, they have HATE for people who do not believe like them, they spew venom like a snake at those who do not follow their wacko crazy aggressive agendas.
There's No Power and Money in Heaven!
"Those who are First Here will be last, and those who are Last Here will be First there in the Kingdom Of Heaven"
Remember this.....The poor will one Day Judge all these Rich Republicans who have turned their backs on the naked, needy, hungry, poor, sick, thirsty, jailed and sick.

Major Lesson America!!!!!
Remember the story of, The beggar with soars the dogs were licking at the gate of the rich man who died, then that beggar was in the Arms Of Father Abraham in Heaven while the rich man on earth was cast into the lake of fire suffering, thirsty pleading for water but denied and had a big gulf between Him and the Beggar asking to go back to his household to warn his rich family what happens when you are rich and do not help the poor and you Pass On.
The rich man in the story are today's republicans and the beggar are those who need help but are refused by the right wing conservative tea party hypocrites.
God will reward those who "help the lest of these"

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9GoPens(397 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

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

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10markmyword(8 comments)posted 1 year, 7 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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11papa1(660 comments)posted 1 year, 7 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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12glbtactivist(249 comments)posted 1 year, 7 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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