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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 6, 2006

President's Statement on Retirement Announcement by Congressman Bill Thomas

Congressman Bill Thomas is a friend and a man of great accomplishment who has been a very effective leader in the House of Representatives. As Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, he helped pass legislation that has brought about strong job creation and economic growth, improved health care for people of all ages, and ensured that America continues to benefit from free and fair trade. For the last 28 years, he has worked tirelessly for the people of the Bakersfield area in California, and represented them with honor and distinction. I appreciate Bill's commitment and dedication to public service, and I look forward to working with him for the remainder of the session. I wish Sharon, Bill, and the entire Thomas family all the best in the future.

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