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U.S. state of Ohio tries to fix its image with resolution supporting Bush plan to relocate Iraqi refugees

U.S. state of Ohio tries to fix its image with resolution supporting Bush plan to relocate Iraqi refugees

A symbolic Republican resolution supporting President George W. Bush's plan to relocate thousands of Iraqi refugees unanimously cleared the state Senate on Tuesday without any reference to critical comments by the Democratic governor.
Republicans, who control the state Legislature, agreed to delete references to Gov. Ted Strickland's comments indicating that he would not welcome the refugees to Ohio because the governor has since apologized, state Sen. Kevin Coughlin said.
The resolution is needed to correct Ohio's reputation, said Coughlin, who sponsored the measure.
"During this time, it can be assumed that people worldwide got the wrong idea about Ohio, its people and its generosity," he told members of a Senate committee on state and local government and veterans affairs.
The nine-member committee adopted the resolution unanimously before sending it to the full Senate, which also passed it without a dissenting vote.
A House spokeswoman did not immediately return a message seeking comment on House leaders' opinion of the resolution.
Strickland, who was elected in November, initially said in an interview with The Associated Press that he was not inclined to accommodate any refugees because doing so would help bail out the president. He later clarified his comments, saying he meant to express frustration with the Bush administration and the Iraq war, which he opposed when he was serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Bush administration plan calls for about 7,000 Iraqi refugees to be settled in the U.S. over the next year.


Updated : 2021-10-19 22:10 GMT+08:00