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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
February 25, 2003

President Meets with National Economic Council

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11:16 A.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all for coming. I'm meeting with my National Economic Council, key members of my administration who have been traveling the country, listening to the voices of small business people, entrepreneurs, workers, listening to their concerns about our future. And at the same time explaining to them how we address the economic issues of our country.

This administration is firmly committed to the principle that if people have more of their own money, they're likely to spend it on a good or a service -- which means somebody is more likely to be able to find work. We're committed to the notion that investment of capital equals jobs.

And so, therefore, our policies are aimed at -- are aimed the encouraging investment and job creation, as well as consumer confidence and spending. And we are confident that when the Congress listens to the people, that they will support this plan. It's an important economic plan and it's one that we look forward to vigorously working with Congress to get it done here.

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