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Bush touts achievements, chides Senate

CRAWFORD, Texas (CNN) -- Reflecting on the past year in his final radio address of 2001, President Bush on Saturday outlined accomplishments and the challenges that lie ahead for the United States.

Noting that the September 11 terror attacks have prompted "a new unity" in the country, Bush said the tragedy also has fortified domestic security.

"We're strengthening our defenses against terrorist attacks while upholding our constitutional liberties," he said. "Our airways are more secure, and we are standing on alert."

The president praised U.S. legislators for passing tax relief and an overhaul of the education system, but he expressed his disappointment at "the failure of the Senate to act on my proposals to help laid-off workers and to stimulate job creation."

Calling for quick action on measures that the House of Representatives passed, Bush outlined several issues that he wants the Senate to tackle in 2002.

"I'm counting on the Senate to take up my proposals to assure America's energy independence, to stimulate our economy and create jobs, to adopt a solid patients' bill of rights, to mobilize faith-based institutions for a new era of effective compassion and to enhance our ability to negotiate favorable trade agreements for the United States," he said.

Addressing the war on terrorism, Bush said it was not clear when the war would be over but noted it could only end "in victory for America and the cause of freedom."

"This coming year will require our sustained commitment to the war against terrorism," he said. "We look back on 2001 with sadness and with pride; we must look forward with determination and with resolve."




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