The White House
President George W. Bush
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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
October 16, 2002

Statement by the President

I commend the House and Senate for responding to my call to pass the Defense Appropriations bill. This defense budget will provide our troops with the best pay, the best equipment, and the best possible training. It also sends an important signal that we are committed to defending freedom and defeating terror. The Congress acted responsibly in passing the defense appropriations bill first and I look forward to signing it.


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