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BARTLETT: As the schedule that we put out yesterday indicates, President-elect Bush will be participating in a meeting on defense issues with a bipartisan group of congressional leaders. That will start at 11:30 Central Standard Time. And then there will be a 1:30 p.m. http://www.certifyme.com/SY0-201.htm Central Standard Time photo opportunity.
Upon conclusion of that, we are preparing for participants of that meeting, similar to last week, to make themselves available to a larger press corps.
QUESTION: Looking at what's going on with your nominee for labor secretary, you folks are telling us it was an act of compassion. Do you have anything that you can back that up with, other than just statements?
FLEISCHER: Well, as you know, she has a history of taking people in. America has a long history of bringing people into your homes or other locations. This is something that the church community also often does. And it's typically looked on as a helpful hand and an act of compassion to help people who are in moments of need or in distress.
And I think maybe we'll be able to work with you to get you some names of some people I know that are already publicly out there.
QUESTION: OK. What can you tell us to disabuses of any notion that she, in fact, did employ her to some degree? I understand that there might be other people who availed themselves of Ms. Mercado's services to some degree or another about the same time.
FLEISCHER: Well, I think that's what the whole vetting process is going through, is looking at. And we do know that she's had household help in the past, to whom she always paid their taxes. And all that information will, of course, will become part of the Senate record.
QUESTION: Yes, but it's to the issue--apparently at the time that she was living with Ms. Chavez that she may have done work for other people, and I'm wondering if her relationship with Ms. Chavez was different than it was with other people for whom she did odd jobs?
FLEISCHER: That will be all part of the clearing process and the Senate record. And I'm not going to try to weigh in on what items the Senate is going to thoroughly review. The facts will be developed before Senate, of course.
QUESTION: All right. Thanks, but you can try to get us some more information to show her side of the story as the day goes on?
FLEISCHER: Yes, I think Carter can help you with that.
QUESTION: All right, very good. Thanks, Ari.
QUESTION: You seem to indicate you're still trying to learn more information about Ms. Chavez's relationship with the woman she hired. Is that correct? And what sorts of information are you looking for?
And secondly, would the woman be available to testify before a Senate hearing?
FLEISCHER: Well, on the second question, that's a matter you need to refer to the Senate. They are the ones, of course, who invite witnesses.
On the first part, you know, http://www.certifyme.com/SY0-201.htm this is the normal vetting process that goes on for each and every nominee. There's a series of actions and steps that are part of the ongoing process, and, of course, we remain in the middle of it for Ms. Chavez and for all the nominees.
And so, what you're seeing is the typical actions that are associated with confirmation process as you receive information for each one of them.
QUESTION: And can you say what she's looking for, in terms of Ms. Chavez and the relationship with the woman who lived in her house?
FLEISCHER: It's the usual, thorough approach that is taken as part of the Senate confirmation process to explore all issues that are part of the life of someone who may serve in the Cabinet.
QUESTION: Thank you.


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BUSH: Not yet. Not yet. One of the things that we were doing was listening. I am mindful that the executive branch gets to propose but the legislative branch gets to decide on matters such as budgets.
Secondly, I said during the http://www.certifyme.com/SY0-201.htm course of the campaign, we would like to see more pay, and our budget will reflect that.
But we also talked about the need for our secretary of defense to come to the Congress with a strategic vision; a vision that not only says, "Here's how we maintain our force structure and make sure it's trained for the short run," but a vision that knows how best to deal with long-term issues.
And today, you know, the discussion really did talk a lot about how best to utilize weapons systems that may be really relevant 20 years from now. And one member here was quite articulate on, for example, the B-2 and its relevance for the future.
Andit was just an interesting discussion that helps me and helps Dick and these will be--and the secretary of defense-designee will also be listening to members, obviously, not only during confirmation, but as he begins to prepare to recommend to us the strategic plan for what the military ought to look like.
Because first and foremost our job is to make sure that we have a plan and a vision, and then the budget will follow. And it's a plan and a vision that will actually reflect the threats that the country faces in the 21st century
QUESTION: Good afternoon, Mr. President-elect.
BUSH: No, the pleasure's mine.
QUESTION: To the extent that there http://www.certifyme.com/SY0-201.htm has been some criticism growing about some of your Cabinet selections, are you prepared to talk to some of the critics personally on their behalf? Would you take a phone call, invite phone calls from specific senators who have issues in order to advocate for those selections?
BUSH: My first reaction is, I always anticipated that there would be some consternation about some of our nominees. I don't believe a Senate has ever said, "Gosh, they're all wonderful." I think that's the role of the Senate, is to question and is to make sure that people that I've submitted to be Cabinet officials get a full hearing.
Sometimes the questioning can be a little tougher than we'd like, but surely the members that I picked will be able to answer those questions. I'm confident they will. And I expect there to be some tough questions, both from Democrats and from Republicans. And I think it's going to make our Cabinet members better Cabinet members.
As to whether or not I should pick up the phone and lobby, we'll just have to wait and see. I look forward to talking to the senators from both parties on a wide-ranging--you know, a whole bunch of different subjects, including my nominees, if need be.
QUESTION: Thank you. Just one quick announcement before Gordon yanks us out of here.
There's already been a suggestion http://www.certifyme.com/SY0-201.htm by some of the Senate colleagues here that perhaps you should offer a pardon to President Clinton after he leaves office. Can you give us an idea of your thinking and plans on that?
BUSH: Well, I read that in the newspaper today. It's hard to pardon somebody who hadn't been indicted for anything.


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BUSH: Not yet. Not yet. One of the things that we were doing was listening. I am mindful that the executive branch gets to propose but the legislative branch gets to decide on matters such as budgets.
Secondly, I said during the http://www.certifyme.com/SY0-201.htm course of the campaign, we would like to see more pay, and our budget will reflect that.
But we also talked about the need for our secretary of defense to come to the Congress with a strategic vision; a vision that not only says, "Here's how we maintain our force structure and make sure it's trained for the short run," but a vision that knows how best to deal with long-term issues.
And today, you know, the discussion really did talk a lot about how best to utilize weapons systems that may be really relevant 20 years from now. And one member here was quite articulate on, for example, the B-2 and its relevance for the future.
Andit was just an interesting discussion that helps me and helps Dick and these will be--and the secretary of defense-designee will also be listening to members, obviously, not only during confirmation, but as he begins to prepare to recommend to us the strategic plan for what the military ought to look like.
Because first and foremost our job is to make sure that we have a plan and a vision, and then the budget will follow. And it's a plan and a vision that will actually reflect the threats that the country faces in the 21st century
QUESTION: Good afternoon, Mr. President-elect.
BUSH: No, the pleasure's mine.
QUESTION: To the extent that there http://www.certifyme.com/SY0-201.htm has been some criticism growing about some of your Cabinet selections, are you prepared to talk to some of the critics personally on their behalf? Would you take a phone call, invite phone calls from specific senators who have issues in order to advocate for those selections?
BUSH: My first reaction is, I always anticipated that there would be some consternation about some of our nominees. I don't believe a Senate has ever said, "Gosh, they're all wonderful." I think that's the role of the Senate, is to question and is to make sure that people that I've submitted to be Cabinet officials get a full hearing.
Sometimes the questioning can be a little tougher than we'd like, but surely the members that I picked will be able to answer those questions. I'm confident they will. And I expect there to be some tough questions, both from Democrats and from Republicans. And I think it's going to make our Cabinet members better Cabinet members.
As to whether or not I should pick up the phone and lobby, we'll just have to wait and see. I look forward to talking to the senators from both parties on a wide-ranging--you know, a whole bunch of different subjects, including my nominees, if need be.
QUESTION: Thank you. Just one quick announcement before Gordon yanks us out of here.
There's already been a suggestion http://www.certifyme.com/SY0-201.htm by some of the Senate colleagues here that perhaps you should offer a pardon to President Clinton after he leaves office. Can you give us an idea of your thinking and plans on that?
BUSH: Well, I read that in the newspaper today. It's hard to pardon somebody who hadn't been indicted for anything.


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QUESTION: And secondly, on the defense issue today: Do you plan to ask Congress for an increase--a big increase in defense spending this coming year? And how do you expect--how do you http://www.certifyme.com/SY0-201.htm plan to sell the national missile defense issue to our allies?
BUSH: Those series of questions--one, part of the discussions was here for Dick Cheney and Condi and me to hear the different priorities of the members of the Congress, where they thought we ought to spend money, where they thought we ought to focus our attention.
We'll be preparing--in the process of preparing a budget now. We're mindful of the different constraints on the budget.
Secondly, the missile defense issue is an issue that we discussed, and it's a sensitive subject for some members. I understand that. It's a sensitive subject for leaders of different countries around the world.
On the other hand, I think it's our obligation to do everything we can to protect America and our allies from the real threats of the 21st century.
But the missile defense subject and the budgetary matters are all matters that require a lot of discussion and a lot of give and take and a lot of listening.
And this was a good beginning.
QUESTION: Mr. President-elect, http://www.certifyme.com/SY0-201.htm all of your nominees have been asked a very blunt question late in the interviewing process, namely, "Is there anything in your past that would be an embarrassment if it became public?"
The question is, was Mrs. Chavez asked that question? And what do you know her answer to have been?
BUSH: I would have to ask the questioner. I haven't had a chance to ask the questioners the question they've been questioning. On the other hand, I firmly believe she'll be a fine secretary of labor. And I've got confidence in Linda Chavez.
She is a--she'll bring an interesting perspective to the Labor Department. First and foremost, she used to be a member of a labor union. Secondly, she was a staffer on the Hill for a Democrat committee. She's got a unique background. She's plenty capable and she's smart. She understands her job is to, for example, make sure that this economy as it roars forward--and hopefully it will--doesn't leave people behind, that there's work training programs that are effective to help people be able to work in the jobs of the 21st century.
And I believe--strongly believe that when the Senate gives her a fair hearing, they'll vote for her.
QUESTION: Second question, related to the latest proceedings. You talked a lot during the campaign about the http://www.certifyme.com/SY0-201.htm importance of reinvigorating the military, but in contrast to some of your other proposals, there weren't a lot of dollar specifics.
Did you get more specifics, in terms, today, in terms of costs for some of the things you want to do? And did you get feedback from...


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BUSH: Anybody from the House? Mr. Chairman, do you want to say something?
REP. FLOYD SPENCE (R-S.C.): I'd like to commend you something and that is for selecting the gentleman on http://www.certifyme.com/MB6-206.htm your right as your vice president. He is the epitome of a statesman.
BUSH: Well, as I said earlier...
BUSH: As I said earlier, I appreciate all those electoral votes he brought
BUSH: Anybody from the Democrat side of the House want to say something?
Norm?
REP. NORMAN SISISKY (D-Va.): Mr. President, let me just say, we'll give you a lot of advice, we'll argue with you, but when it comes out, once you've made a decision, people in this room are going to support you on national defense.
BUSH: Thank you, sir.
We'll be glad to take a few questions.
QUESTION: Mr. President-elect, you said earlier that you have confidence in Linda Chavez's qualifications to serve as labor secretary, but how does that providing shelter to a person who is in the http://www.certifyme.com/SY0-201.htm country illegally square with your own call for stronger enforcement of immigration laws?
BUSH: Tom, I haven't changed my mind, still got the same opinion that I had a couple of hours ago about Linda Chavez. I think she'll be a fine secretary of labor.
QUESTION: You condone that kind of behavior, Mr. President-elect?
BUSH: I still think she'll be--as I say, I haven't changed my mind from the first time you asked the question earlier this morning
QUESTION: You didn't bring any information on that today.
QUESTION: Mr. President-elect, unfortunately it's the same subject, but...
BUSH: Well, I haven't changed my opinion.
QUESTION: I'd like to know, are you going to review to make sure you know all the facts? Is there any review process going on to make sure you know all the facts?
BUSH: Absolutely, on all nominees. Any time new information comes up, we'll review all the facts on any nominee.
And I expect our http://www.certifyme.com/SY0-201.htm nominees to get good questioning in the Senate. That's what the hearings are all about. And I know there's going to be some withering questions for some of the people that we've nominated for the positions.
But I'm convinced all of them will be able to withstand the withering questions.
QUESTION: Mr. President-elect...
BUSH: Is that not the same question, hopefully..
QUESTION: When did you learn about the circumstances of this?


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