For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
July 30, 2002
Excerpt from the July 30, 2002 Press Briefing by White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer
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MR. FLEISCHER: The President also calls on the Senate to pass the defense appropriations bill. It's important while our nation is at war to put defense first.
QUESTION: After trade promotion, in the fall, what are the top two or three economic agenda items that the President would like to see before Congress adjourns permanently?
MR. FLEISCHER: After -- if trade promotion authority passes this week, and if the Senate is able to pass Defense appropriations this week, here are the remaining items that are important for next fall. Of course, completion of action on homeland security is an important priority. Other issues -- and I'm just going to walk through several of them -- the President would like to see completion of the conference on a patient bill of rights. Both the House and Senate have passed legislation that would give people more rights in dealing with their HMOs. The President would like to see that enacted into law, along with getting prescription drugs for seniors. Those are all important issues the President has addressed before.