President Bush has called on the U.S. Congress to pass a defense spending bill before it goes on recess next month.

Mr. Bush made the comment Thursday at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  The organization is made up of state lawmakers who draft "model legislation."

During his speech, the president said Congress has been "dragging its feet" in getting 12 spending bills to him, including the defense bill.   

On the economy, Mr. Bush stressed the need to keep taxes low, which he said has yielded a strong economy. 

On education, the president said Congress needs to reauthorize his "No Child Left Behind" legislation in order to close what he called an "achievement gap" in America.

Mr. Bush concluded his speech by speaking of securing the United States from terrorists.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.