White House (AP) President Bush is offering congress a list of suggestions on a wide range of major issues, from energy prices and the housing crisis to tax cuts and Iraq war spending.
He's been meeting with republican lawmakers at the White House, where he gave a critique of the democrats' strategy. On gas prices, bush says congress needs to look into allowing more oil drilling in areas where it's now banned and into construction of new
On housing, Bush is criticizing a broad rescue package moving through the house. The White House calls it a burdensome bailout that would reward speculators and lenders, and open taxpayers to risk. He vows to veto it.
Bush is also asking congress not to add extras into a 108 billion-dollar war-spending bill for Iraq and Afghanistan. Among other things, democrats want to enlarge the bill with an extension of unemployment insurance benefits.
the president is renewing his call for extension of expiring tax cuts and government wiretapping authority. And he's pushing for a bill stalled on Capitol Hill for weeks -- a potential free-trade deal with Colombia.