万千英语族 英语爱好者的家园
在线英语广播
在线英语词典
在线杀毒查毒
77TEK
万千英语族 英语频道 首页 翻译文化 阅读写作 听力口语 学习方法 听歌学英语 趣味英语 好贴无限 数字生存
阅读字体:

VOA特别英语在线收听[附英文文本和简单注释] 20040124

www.iselong.com 作者:

IN THE NEWS - State of the Union

http://language.chinadaily.com.cn/dialogue/voa/special/2004/01/0124.rm

President Bush gave his yearly State of the Union message Tuesday. He spoke to a joint meeting of Congress. Mister Bush's State of the Union speech marked his third such message. The Constitution requires the president to report to Congress "from time to time." It also says the president should suggest measures necessary for the nation.
President Bush reported to the nation about Iraq, tax reductions and other issues. Mister Bush spoke more about his policies than about proposed new legislation. But he suggested a number of actions by Congress. For example, he called for extending the USA Patriot Act.

Congress passed the act after Islamic extremists attacked the United States in two-thousand-one. The act increases the powers of law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Critics say parts of the act violate Constitutional guarantees of privacy and fair treatment under the law.

The president praised the recent capture of ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Mister Bush also strongly defended the invasion of Iraq. He said that Saddam's program for weapons of mass destruction would still be active if the United States had not acted.

Such weapons have not been found in Iraq. But Mister Bush said enough proof existed of activities related to the weapons to launch an invasion. The president also answered critics who say other nations should be more involved in Iraq. He listed nations that have taken part in the effort.

President Bush praised his tax cuts for Americans. He urged Congress to make the tax reductions permanent. He also praised the Medicare health care law for older citizens. He said the new law will help forty-million old people buy medicines ordered for them by their doctors.

Mister Bush criticized American courts for actions supporting marriage between people of the same sex. He appeared to be supporting a Constitutional amendment to ban such marriages.

Democratic Party leaders in Congress presented their party's official reaction to Mister Bush's speech. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said three-million private industry jobs were lost during Mister Bush's presidency. She also criticized the cost of the war in Iraq, both in dollars and human lives.

Hours after his State of the Union speech, the president left Washington to visit three states important to his re-election.

Mister Bush is the Republican Party candidate for president in November. He is seeking a second four-year term in the White House.

Seven Democrats are competing for their party's nomination for president. On Monday, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry won the Iowa Caucuses. The caucuses are the first in a series of nominating events in American states. These nominating meetings and primary elections will choose the Democratic Party's candidate for president.

In the News, in VOA Special English, was written by Jerilyn Watson. This is Steve Ember.



收藏至ViVi】【论坛】【英语词典】【英语广播】【打印】【评论】【关闭
相关专题:VOA 慢速英语
相关文章:
资料更新时间: 2004-2-18 18:34:41
资料标题:《VOA特别英语在线收听[附英文文本和简单注释] 20040124》
检索关键字:VOA,Special,English,美国之音,慢速英语,特别英语,文本,Script,在线收听,下载
资料编号:1721
资料来源:VOA
万千英语族或其成员转载此文档旨在传达更多资讯之目的,不代表万千英语族赞同或暗示其内容准确性,对于读者参照本文档操作可能造成的任何损失亦不承担任何责任.
Copyright©2000-2005    万千英语族    Not-All-Rights-Reserved.
 关于我们 友情链接 休闲英语社区 历史上的今天 英文儿歌 意见反馈 网站地图
Powered By 万千英语族CMS文章发布系统 [SQL Version]