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President George W. Bush
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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 31, 2001

Remarks by the President Before Meeting with Bipartisan Members of Congress
The Cabinet Room

9:25 A.M. EST

          THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you all for coming.  This is part of our effort to get to know each other.  And if Thomas and Grassley keep coming up here, we're going to get to know them too good, aren't we?  (Laughter.)

           I appreciate the members of the Congress for being here this morning.  Thank you all for coming.  We're going to have a good, wide-ranging discussion, hopefully focused on tax relief.  I'm pleased to see the CBO members.  I think it helps further the case that there is enough money to pay down debt, to meet priorities, and to give some of the money back to the people who pay the bills.  That's the taxpayers.

          I also appreciate so very much the Scottish court has made a decision and convicted a member of the Libyan intelligence service for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103.  I appreciate the work of the United States government team which contributed to this guilty verdict.

          Nothing can change the suffering and loss of this terrible act, but I hope the families do find some solace that a guilty verdict was rendered.  I want to assure the families and victims the United States government will continue to pressure Libya to accept responsibility for this act, and to compensate the families.

          Thank you all for coming.

                        END                9:28 A.M. EST

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