For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
August 3, 2005
President Bush's Second Term Accomplishments and Agenda
Today, President Bush Celebrated Key Legislative Victories That He Has
Won In His Second Term. He also called on Congress to complete other
important work, including: confirming Judge John Roberts to the Supreme
Court, restraining spending in appropriations, and reforming Social
Security. The President also discussed the importance of staying on the
offense in the War on Terror.
President Bush Worked With Congress To Make Progress On The Key
Priorities Of The American People.
- The American Economy Is Growing And Creating Jobs. The economy
is growing faster than any other major industrialized economy.
Unemployment has declined to five percent, the lowest it has been since
September 11th and lower than the average of the 1970s, 1980s, and
1990s. Consumer confidence is high. Inflation remains low. The
economy has already created over 2 million jobs in the last 12 months,
and more Americans are working today than ever before.
- The Deficit Is Decreasing. Thanks to spending restraint and tax
relief, the Federal deficit is projected to be $94 billion less than
previously expected, and the government is ahead of pace to reach
President Bush's goal of cutting the deficit in half by 2009.
The Central America And Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement:
- President Bush Signed CAFTA To Level The Playing Field For U.S.
Workers And Create New Markets For American Goods. CAFTA immediately
eliminates tariffs on nearly 80 percent of U.S. exports to participating
nations and is expected to generate billion of dollars in increased
sales of U.S. goods and farm exports. This will help keep jobs in the
United States and make American workers better able to compete.
- CAFTA Makes America Safer And Supports Young Democracies In The
Region. The young democracies of Central America and the Dominican
Republic still face forces opposed to democratic government and economic
freedom. With passage of CAFTA, the United States supports stability
and prosperity in the region, which will make Americans safer here at
- President Bush Will Sign Into Law The First National Energy Plan
In More Than A Decade. President Bush entered office four years ago and
proposed the first comprehensive energy plan in decades. Congress has
now responded and passed an energy bill, which President Bush will sign
into law. The President's national energy plan will increase America's
energy security, reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy,
increase domestic production, modernize the electricity grid, encourage
energy efficiency and conservation, and promote alternative and
renewable energy sources.
- President Bush Will Sign Into Law The Highway Bill. The highway
bill will provide funding to modernize America's network of roads,
bridges, and mass transit systems, without raising gas taxes. With this
multi-year funding bill in place, vital new transportation projects may
proceed, which will make driving safer, ease congestion, and ensure that
the Nation's transportation system keeps pace with the rapidly expanding
economy. The bill meets these objectives in a fiscally responsible
Patient Safety Bill:
- President Bush Signed The Patient Safety And Quality Improvement
Act Of 2005. President Bush signed into law a patient safety bill to
improve health care by reducing medical errors. It establishes a
voluntary system to report health care errors. By giving patient safety
organizations the ability to analyze past medical mistakes, this
legislation will help prevent future mistakes and will improve the
quality of care and lower costs for patients nationwide.
These Achievements Build On Other Accomplishments This Year.
Class Action Reform:
- The President Signed Class Action Reform To Curb Lawsuit Abuse.
The class action reform signed into law last February by President Bush
will help end the lawsuit culture in our country and ease the burden of
needless litigation on every American worker, business, and family. In
particular, it helps prevent abusive class action lawsuits that result
in large fees for lawyers and minimal awards for injured parties.
President Bush is urging Congress to pass a variety of other legal
reform measures, including medical liability reform and asbestos
- President Bush Signed Bankruptcy Reform That Makes The System
Fairer For Creditors And Debtors. Under the new law, Americans who have
the ability to pay will be required to pay back at least a portion of
their debts. This practical reform will help ensure that debtors make a
good-faith effort to repay as much as they can afford. This will make
credit more affordable because, when bankruptcy is less common, credit
can be extended to more people at better rates.
A Disciplined Budget Resolution:
- President Bush Is Calling On Congress To Deliver A Fair And
Disciplined Budget. President Bush submitted the first budget to
propose a cut in non-security discretionary spending since Ronald Reagan
was President. Both the House and Senate have now passed a strong
budget resolution that maintains fiscal discipline.
- President Bush Delivered The Funds Our Troops Need To Fight And
Win The War On Terror. President Bush submitted a supplemental request
for funds, which Congress approved, to ensure our troops overseas have
all the resources they need to win the War on Terror.
- No Child Left Behind Is Working. New results show that math and
reading scores for nine-year-olds are up from five years ago, as are
math scores for 13-year-olds. The achievement gap is closing, and we
are working to raise standards and accountability in high schools while
expanding access to community colleges.
President Bush Urges Congress To Confirm Roberts, Act On Agenda.
- President Bush Calls On The Senate To Confirm Judge John Roberts
Before October 3rd. Judge Roberts has devoted his entire professional
life to the cause of justice and is widely admired for his intellect and
experience, his sound judgment and fairness, and his integrity and
personal decency. He has argued 39 cases before the Supreme Court as an
attorney and was confirmed by unanimous consent to the Federal bench
just two years ago. Judge Roberts will faithfully interpret the
Constitution and not legislate from the bench. He deserves a dignified
process and a fair vote to ensure the Supreme Court can convene for its
Fall term on October 3rd with a new justice in place.
- President Bush Is Working Hard To Strengthen Social Security For
Future Generations. President Bush has made Social Security reform a
priority of his second term so no American who works his or her entire
life will have to retire into poverty. The President's plan combines
progressive indexing with voluntary personal retirement accounts to
ensure that everyone's benefits continue to grow and everyone has the
opportunity to build a retirement nest egg that he or she can own and
control. There will be no changes to Social Security for those born
- President Bush Has Called On Congress To Make His Tax Relief
Permanent, Repeal The Death Tax, And Reform The Tax Code. Making the
President's tax relief permanent will help continue our economic growth,
and the President believes the American people deserve a tax code that
is simple, fair, and easy to understand.
- President Bush Supports Comprehensive Immigration Reform. The
President has called for a comprehensive, integrated approach to reform
our current immigration system. This would strengthen border security
to ensure legal entry, build a robust interior enforcement program to
ensure compliance with the law, and fill an economic need for willing
workers through a temporary worker program.
- President Bush's New Medicare Coverage Will Ensure Everyone On
Medicare Has Better Choices. In January, the new prescription drug
benefit takes effect, allowing seniors and Americans with disabilities
to choose their health plans and get better drug benefits. Seniors and
Americans with disabilities will be able to choose the plan that works
best for their needs and will save on their prescription drugs.
- President Bush Supports Efforts To Institute Savings In Medicaid.
The President supports reform to lower the cost of Medicaid to the
taxpayer as well as to give states greater flexibility on
- The President Supports Welfare Reform. President Bush supports
the reauthorization of welfare reform that strengthens marriage and
requires welfare recipients to spend 40 hours per week - either working
at a job or in a program designed to help them achieve independence.
President Bush Is Committed To Winning The War On Terror.
- America Is Fighting Terrorism Across The World. The United
States is at war against terrorism, and we will use all elements of our
national power to defend our homeland, to break up terrorist cells, and
to stay on the offensive, fighting the enemy in Iraq, Afghanistan, and
across the world so that we do not have to face them here at home. We
will defeat the terrorists' ideology of hatred and fear by spreading
freedom, laying the foundation of peace, and offering an alternative of
hope to troubled regions of the world.
- The President Calls On Congress To Complete Reauthorization Of
The Patriot Act. The Patriot Act is a key part of our efforts to combat
terrorism and protect the American people, and President Bush commends
the House and Senate for voting to reauthorize provisions of the Patriot
Act set to expire this year. The Patriot Act has enhanced information
sharing between law enforcement and intelligence personnel, updated the
law to adapt to changes in technology, and provided critical tools to
investigate terrorists that have been used for years in cases against
organized crime and drug dealers.
- A Strategy For Success In Iraq. We will pursue a two-track
strategy for victory in Iraq, through political and military means. We
will help Iraqis build a democracy that will be an example to the
region, and we will support Iraqis as they draft a Constitution, vote in
a referendum, and then elect a fully constitutional government. At the
same time, we will hunt down the terrorists and train Iraqi security
forces so that they can defend their own country. As the Iraqis stand
up, we will stand down.
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