State Of The Union Reaction

In his last State of the Union address before Congress, President Bush is urging Americans to remain
confident about the economy despite signs of slowing growth.

The President also is pressing Congress to quickly pass an economic stimulus program
to blunt any recession.

First District Democratic Congressman G.K. Butterfield responded by saying, "It's encouraging to see President Bush's admission that there is a problem with the economy, rather than continuing to pretend everything is wonderful."

Republican U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina said, "The president hit on some extremely important topics ranging from economic security to national defense - and it's now time for Congress to get down to business and produce results. We need to work in a bipartisan way to swiftly advance a stimulus package that helps North Carolinians, especially those in greatest need."

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