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Reps. Bishop and Scott React to State of the Union

8:06 AM, Feb 13, 2013   |    comments
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Two Congressmen who represent Central Georgia responded Tuesday night to the President's State of the Union Address with fundamentally different views on how effective the Commander in Chief was.

Republican U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, District 8, said he was disappointed in what he called a lack of specifics.

"We didn't get to hear more about his specific plans to undo the sequester that he signed," Congressman Scott said. "That is going to have such a devastating effect on our military," he added, referring to the string of cuts that would hit the Pentagon's budget March 1, if Congress doesn't intervene.

He also felt President Obama missed an opportunity to heal wounds from the weeks-long fiscal cliff standoff.

"I was...concerned that he said that if he didn't get his way on certain issues, that he was going to start issuing executive orders.  And quite honestly, that's an indication to me that he's going to operate in the same way he has in the last four years."

Longtime Congressman Sanford Bishop sits on the other side of party lines.  The District 2 U.S. Representative said Tuesday night, he liked what he heard. 

"The President laid out all our challenges.  But he also asked us to come together as a country.  Not Republicans or Democrats, but all of us have the responsibility to carry us where we need to go.  To heal our economy, and to invest in our futures."

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