President Pitches Tax-Cut Plan in Radio Address

April 1, 2006 - Posted at 1:10 p.m. CST

WACO, Texas (AP) _ With the annual federal tax-filing deadline

ahead, President Bush is talking up tax-cut measures in this week's

radio address.

Speaking from his Texas ranch, Bush said such tax cuts create

jobs and strengthen the economy. He also called on Congress to

permanently extend the measures he pushed into law during his first

term -- setting up a potential election-year debate with Democrats

over the issue.

Democrats argue Bush's emphasis on sweeping tax cuts is driving

up the deficit. But the president says he can meet his goal of

cutting the deficit in half with pro-growth economic policies and

spending restraint.

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