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President Bush on Wednesday criticized Democrats in Congress for their approach to dealing with the nation's housing crisis and soaring energy prices and called anew for an extension of expiring tax cuts and government wiretapping authority.
Bush met at the White House with Republican leaders of Congress and then critiqued the Democrats' strategy for dealing with major problems.
He pledged to veto a broad housing rescue package moving through the House.
The president also pushed again for priority legislation that has been stalled on Capitol Hill for weeks — a potential free-trade deal with Colombia, and a government eavesdropping bill designed to target communications of suspected terrorists.
Bush also called on Congress to approve a $108 billion war-spending bill for Iraq and Afghanistan "without any strings." Democrats want to enlarge the bill with an extension of unemployment insurance benefits. A measure proposed by House Democrats would prohibit using U.S. aid to rebuild towns or equip security forces in Iraq unless Baghdad matches every dollar spent.