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09/07/03 - Washington, D.C.

President Working on Big Budget Request for Iraq

President Bush wants billions of dollars more to pay for U.S. troops in Iraq and rebuilding the country. And congressional aides say the figure could top 80 billion dollars in the upcoming budget year.

His national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, says Bush is talking with lawmakers about what is needed and working on ways to increase the participation of Iraqis and other nations.

On the Sunday talk shows, Rice said it's important to provide adequate resources for the task. She said Bush believes the "cost of freedom and the cost of peace cannot be measured."

Bush will be discussing Iraq and the war on terrorism in his speech to the nation tonight.

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