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Area legislators split on president’s speech

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Two weeks before automatic spending cuts will take effect if Congress doesn’t reach a deficit-reduction agreement, a local Republican lawmaker thought President Barack Obama should have emphasized the situation more in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night. “I was encouraged that he led off his talk addressing the budget,” said U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook. But he wished Obama had directed Congress to work on the budget and use the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles ...

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