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Bush Praises Congress for Providing Resources to Fight Terror

By Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2005 – Earlier this year, President Bush asked Congress to pass critical legislation to give U.S. troops the resources they need to fight and win the war on terror. That was one of the key victories accomplished during the congressional session that broke for summer recess this week, the president said during his weekly radio address this morning.

Bush signed into law on May 11 legislation that provides $82 billion in supplemental funding, most of it to help cover the cost of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The measure provides $75.9 billion for the Defense Department, including funds for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Also included are additional protections for deployed troops and new benefits for wounded servicemembers and families of those killed in the war.

The funding "supports new benefits for servicemembers who have suffered traumatic injury and for survivors of fallen servicemembers," Bush said after signing the bill.

The Senate passed House Resolution 1268 May 10 and sent it to the president for signature.

In addition to praising Congress for giving troops the resources they need to fight the terror war, the president said today he plans to travel to seven states in August to meet with troops and their families, and to update the American people on the latest developments in the war on terror. He said his administration has a comprehensive strategy in place that will improve homeland security and intelligence.

Bush also praised the House for renewing key provisions of the Patriot Act that were set to expire at the end of this year and called on the Senate to do the same.

As the United States works to protect its people, it is also making strides in bringing freedom and democracy around the world, he said.

"We're ... spreading freedom, because free countries are peaceful," Bush said. "And we're staying on the offensive against the terrorists, fighting them abroad so we do not have to face them here at home."

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