Washington (June 10, 2003) -- Dodging a political football, President Bush sent a strong message to House Republicans Monday -- send me a bill to offer a child tax credit for the poor.

"His advice to the House Republicans is to pass it, to send it to him, so he can sign it," the president's chief spokesman, Ari Fleischer, said. "He understands they're going to take a look at some other tax matters. That's their prerogative. But he wants to make certain that this does not get slowed down, bogged down. He wants to sign it."

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