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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Portman at White House today

Terrace Park's Rob Portman, a former Ohio congressman and Bush administration official, is back in Washington today.

Portman joined President Bush this morning for the signing of the Second Chance Act, a bill that Portman worked on while he was in Congress.

Portman was, in fact, the original author of the bill, which he named "Second Chance Act" after Bush's 2004 State of the Union address called for such a focus.

The legislation passed the House last November and cleared the Senate last month, both times with overwhelming bipartisan support. It will allow state and local entities to work together to help keep prisoners from returning to prison by providing funding for drug and alcohol treatment programs, job training, mentoring and job placement services.

"The work of redemption reflects our values. It also reflects our national interests. Each year, approximately 650,000 prisoners are released from jail. Unfortunately, an estimated two-thirds of them are rearrested within three years," Bush said as he signed the bill.

He added: "The high recidivism rate places a huge financial burden on taxpayers, it deprives our labor force of productive workers, and it deprives families of their daughters and sons, and husbands and wives, and moms and dads."

CLICK HERE to read the entire transcript of the president's remarks and watch a video of the bill signing ceremony.


11 Comments:

at 1:53 PM, April 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, the neocons scare us with lies about welfare queens so they can cut big gaping holes in the social safety net, and then pat themselves on the back when they create a program to help people that fall thru those holes...

 
at 4:37 PM, April 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Portman's reputation is shot, thanks to his association with Chimpy's criminal misadministration.

 
at 7:22 PM, April 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give Portman some credit.
He did some serious grunt work (vs photo ops) along the way. And he was one the first to Bail on King George.
He may not be a player just yet but 2012?? After some time as Governor?

 
at 7:57 AM, April 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

VEEP! VEEP! VEEP!

 
at 10:13 AM, April 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Portman should get out of politics all together. Either that or change his name. after his association with the Bush administration, I wouldn't ever consider voting for him. As for this 2nd chance compassion comming from Bush and his party, I would be very suspect that either this deal is crooked or at the very least greasing the palms of people and corporations that play with Bush. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for 2nd chances for criminals, after all didn't we re-elect Bush in 2004.

 
at 10:44 AM, April 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh sure, as governor, perhaps he'll pour MORE money into the Freedom Center (for which he is primarily responsible) that cannot sustain itself w/o taxpayer money.

No gov, no veep.

 
at 2:11 PM, April 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

You Dems aren't going to vote for any Republican anyway so pipe down - why even comment?
As a Republican I would vote for Portman and would love to see Portman in a prominent role soon. He'd make a great Senator (cough cough Voino) and a good Governor.

 
at 3:17 PM, April 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ladies and Gentleman...introducing the next Vice President of the United States...Rob Portman!

First VP, then President.

 
at 3:52 PM, April 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I want some of whatever 3:17 is smoking. Watch out when you land here in reality it could be a bumpy landing for someone that believes staying the course with the GOP is anything other than our worst nightmare come true.

 
at 8:52 PM, April 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Portman was primarily responsible for Freedom Center" -- any evidence to support that??
I thought that honor was John Pepper's.

 
at 10:12 AM, April 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's your evidence, sparky:

http://www.harriettubman.com/speaker.html

 
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