Nelson's Response to Union address

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Senator Ben Nelson said he felt President Bush was strong in presenting his stance on defense and terrorism issues during his State of the Union Address Tuesday night.

He said he was happy to hear Bush encourage the passage of new energy legislation.

However, Representative Lee Terry criticized the words as too brief.

But Nelson noted that agricultural issues were glaringly absent from the speech, "Once again," adding that he thinks rural America is largely ignored.

Nelson said that though the economy may seem to be on the upswing as Bush stressed in his speech, Nebraska stands to lose 21,000 jobs if embargoes against U.S. beef continue.

Representative Tom Osborne also noted some disappointment that the president did not speak of efforts made by the federal government to open up the international beef trade.

More than 30 countries have banned U.S. beef products after a single case of mad cow disease was discovered in Washington state.

State of the Union Address