One day after he unveiled the $87 billion proposal, Mr. Bush
was on the road. He left Washington for Nashville, Tennessee to
deliver a speech on education and raise money for his re-election
campaign. But it was clear the war on terrorism was very much on
"Our war on terror continues. The enemies of freedom are not
idle. And neither is America," he said.
In remarks to a boisterous crowd of supporters at a campaign
dinner, the president talked about the responsibilities facing
the United States. He made no direct mention of the emergency spending
request, speaking instead in general terms of the challenges before
"This country will not rest," he said. "We will not tire. We
will not stop until this danger to civilization is removed."
On Sunday night, Mr. Bush told the nation that he will do what
is necessary and spend what is necessary in Iraq and Afghanistan
to win the war on terrorism. The bulk of his $87 billion request
will be used for military operations, with the rest going to reconstruction
The request is about twice the amount anticipated on Capitol
Hill. And while Congress is expected to approve the money, there
are already signs of a contentious debate ahead.
Democrats are saying they want a complete accounting of every
dollar. Some wonder about the impact all this spending will have
on the federal budget deficit.
The Bush administration acknowledges the $87 billion emergency
spending request will increase the deficit in the new fiscal year
that begins on October first. But a senior administration official
is downplaying the long-term affect on the economy.
The official, who spoke on the grounds he would not be identified,
says the deficit will rise in the coming year from $475 billion
to at least $525 billion because of spending on the war on terrorism.
But he says the increase is manageable. He told reporters no reductions
in other government programs will be needed to offset this emergency
spending and there will be no increase in taxes.