President Bush is stepping up efforts to get religious groups
involved in the delivery of social services while pushing new initiatives for
mentoring children and helping drug addicts. Bush on Sunday urged Republicans in
Congress to work with him on several areas he considers key components in his
vision of ``compassionate conservatism. (Getty Images)...
Bush Pushes Church Groups to Help Needy
The Associated Press,
Mon 10 Feb 2003
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush is stepping up efforts to get religious
groups involved in the delivery of social services while pushing new
initiatives for mentoring children and helping drug addicts.
Bush on Sunday urged Republicans in Congress to work with him on several
areas he considers key components in his vision of ``compassionate
The president was speaking Monday to a convention of religious
broadcasters in Nashville, Tenn., on programs that recognize ``in our
plenty, there are people who are hurt.''
``There are people who need love and compassion,'' Bush said Sunday at a
GOP congressional retreat at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur
Springs, W.Va. ``There are people who wonder whether or not the American
experience is meant for them.''
Bush outlined plans to push for programs that would help these people.
``I'm going to call for focus on those who are addicted to drugs,'' he
told the lawmakers. ``We'll work hard to continue to drive the demand for
drugs down and interdict supply, but there are sad souls in our society
who are hooked on drugs.''
And he said he looked forward ``to working with the Congress to empower
programs which work, particularly faith-based programs which work, to help
save Americans one heart, one soul, one conscience at a time.''
He said it was important to pursue such programs domestically, but also
``to show our compassion abroad as well.''
The president also talked about the thousands of children living in
orphanages in Africa because their parents died of AIDS, and he asked
Congress to approve quickly his proposal to sharply increase U.S. aid to
the global battle against the disease — to $15 billion over the next
``It's a vital initiative, because we're talking about saving human
life,'' Bush said. ``We're talking about showing the world the great
strength and compassion of the United States of America.''
Democrats have questioned how Bush can push for programs to help the
needy, improve education and provide prescription drugs at the same time
he is pushing tax cuts repeatedly and planning for a war with Iraq.
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