PORTLAND, Ore. — President Bush on Sunday accused Congress of spawning "weak imitations" of his proposals to attack crime after allowing them to languish for a year.
"We must reject those who soft-pedal the need to be hard on crime," Bush said in remarks prepared for a Portland law enforcement audience as the Senate prepared to begin debate today on an anti-crime bill.
The President was in the city for the dedication of a memorial to Portland police officers slain in the line of duty.
He accused lawmakers of sitting on key anti-crime bills he first proposed a year ago. But he also acknowledged that Congress agreed to his request for more federal law enforcement officers, prosecutors and prisons as part of anti-drug bills enacted earlier.