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President George W. Bush
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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 28, 2001

Remarks by the President in Meeting with House and Senate Leaders
The Cabinet Room

10:46 A.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: I want to thank the leadership of the House and the Senate for coming up. Today's a big day. The House is going to take up a budget, a budget that is a common-sense budget, one that meets priorities, one that grows discretionary spending by 4 percent; a budget that protects Social Security; a budget that funds Medicare. It's also a budget that recognizes that this nation needs a tax relief package to stimulate our economy.

I want to thank you for coming, Mr. Chairman. I appreciate you, Chairman Thomas, for working with members of the House to get the package moving quickly. Later on this week you'll be taking up, as I understand, the child credit and the marriage penalty, and later on the death tax. And I appreciate your leadership.

I've been very encouraged to see that members on both sides of the aisle have been talking about the need not only to have immediate stimulus to the economy, but certainty in our country, by having rates reduced. But reducing just one rate is not enough. In order to encourage the growth of our small businesses and enhance the entrepreneurial fervor of America we need to cut all rates, so that there's certainty in our economy when people plan. And I'm confident we can get this done. It's in the best interests of our country that we do so.

I want to thank the Senators who are here. We've got a big vote coming up next week on the budget. The Chairman is here of the Budget Committee. He's a man who understands the importance of tax relief to stimulate growth. I appreciate you, Mr. Chairman, for your hard work. And we look forward to working with you.

Thank you all for coming.

Q Mr. President, on campaign finance reform --

THE PRESIDENT: I'm talking about the budget today. There will be ample time to talk about bills in progress. Today I want America to hear, we're going to get a good budget out of the House and we'll get a good budget out of the Senate. And it's in the best interests of the working people that we do so.

Q Will you say if there's --

THE PRESIDENT: I'm talking about the budget today.

END 10:49 A.M. EST

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