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Area Lawmakers React to State Of the Union
(2008-01-29)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: President Bush delivered his 8th and final State of the Union Speech last night.
Area lawmakers are reacting to what he had to say.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

Colorado lawmakers basically say they are committed to work with the president to stave off a recession.
This was the 18th and final State of the Union outgoing Republican Senator Wayne Allard listened to.
He said Bush's speech clearly outlined serious issues facing the nation, including Iraq, the Economy and renewable energy.
He called Bush's comments on the strengthening the economy "forward reaching."
ALLARD: PRESIDENT BUSH RECOGNIZES THE BEST WAY TO JUMP START OUR ECONOMY AND PUT MONEY IN THE POCKETS OF AMERICANS IS BY DECREASING THEIR TAX BURDEN. HARD WORKING TAXPAYERS DESERVE TO KEEP MORE OF THEIR OWN MONEY TO SPEND ON THEIR OWN PRIORITIES, NOT WASHINGTON'S PRIORITIES.
Democrat U.S. Senator Ken Salazar says the president's speech didn't go far enough on several fronts.
SALAZAR: HE TALKED ABOUT ENERGY AND WE CAN PASS AN ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE BUT THERE'S A LOT MORE THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO GET OUR ECONOMY STRONG AGAIN. HE TALKED ABOUT IRAQ BUT REALLY DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING NEW. WE NEED A NEW DIRECTION IN IRAQ. HE TALKED ABOUT ENERGY BUT WE NEED TO DO A LOT MORE IN TERMS OF INVESTING IN THE SUN, AND WIND, AND BIO-MASS FUTURE OF AMERICA. AND HE FAILED TO DO THAT IN THE ENERGY PART OF THE SPEECH. SO I THINK IT WAS AN OK SPEECH, I WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT HE DID NOT ADDRESS THOSE ISSUES THAT COULD BRING THE COUNTRY TOGETHER. HE SEEMED TO USE PARTS OF HIS SPEECH TO BRING ABOUT THE CONTINUING POLITICAL DIVISION.
Salazar's brother, Third District Congressman John Salazar criticized the hard line Bush has taken on many issues by threatening veto's and said he needs to set aside partisanship in his final term and work with Congress to find sensible solutions to America's most pressing issues.
Colorado Democratic Congressman Mark Udall says he agrees with Bush that a buildup of troops in Iraq has made improvements but says the country can't afford an open-ended war there.
New Mexico Democratic Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico says there's a good chance Congress can agree on the stimulus package.
But he's concerned that the plan would have only a short-term effect.
Republican Senator Pete Domenici says the economy is clearly among the president's top concerns.
Domenici says no stimulus package is perfect, but something must be done quickly.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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