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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
May 25, 2006

President's Statement on Passage of Energy and Water Appropriations Bill


I applaud the House of Representatives for passing the Energy and Water appropriations bill. I am grateful for the House Leadership's work on it. This bill marks a critical first step toward realizing my American Competitiveness Initiative, and it fully funds my request for the Energy Department's Office of Science. I appreciate the leadership of Chairman Hobson and Chairman Lewis in working to keep our economy the most competitive in the world. This bill also will support my Advanced Energy Initiative and help make America more secure and less dependent on foreign sources of energy. I urge the Senate to join the House in supporting these important initiatives.

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