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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 conservatism.''

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 five years.

``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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