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President Bush Calls Again For Permanent Tax Relief

President Bush has again called on Congress to make his tax cuts permanent, saying that wise tax policy is the starting point for growing the economy and helping small businesses.

Mr. Bush used his weekly radio address Saturday to say again that his 2001 and 2003 tax cuts have worked to increase productivity and contain inflation. He said some people in Washington want to repeal the cuts or just let them expire in a few years.

In his radio address, the president also urged Congress to fight other obstacles that small businesses face, such as what he called "junk lawsuits", which he said abuse the U.S. legal system. And he said the United States is working on new energy technologies to help small businesses cut costs.

Mr. Bush will appear before Congress on January 31 to deliver his State-of-the-Union address laying out priorities for the year.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.