Arkansans in Congress Seek Follow-Through from President

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Several members of Congress from Arkansas say they liked some of the things they heard from President Bush in his State of the Union speech.  But some of them have raised questions about whether the president would follow through pledges he made in last night's speech.

Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, a Democrat, said she was pleased that the Republican president talked about an economic-stimulus package, the war in Iraq and health care in his speech.  She said now is the time to put words into action.

Senator Mark Pryor, also a Democrat, said what he heard from Bush about an economic-stimulus package sounded good.  But he said the problem with Bush has been that the president often doesn't follow through on pledges for legislation or to work with Congress.

Democratic Congressman Marion Berry of the First District lamented what he said were seven years of failed policies from the Bush Administration.  He called for members of Congress to work together to develop an economic-stimulus package, focused on helping the middle class rather than the special interests.

The lone Republican in the state's congressional delegation, Congressman John Boozman supported Bush's call for a reduction in "pet project" funding and for expanding benefits for soldiers, sailors, airmen and their families.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)