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Bush Won’t Keep Women’s Issues Office

Associated Press

President Bush will not revive a special White House office on women’s issues that was created under President Clinton, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The National Organization for Women decried the decision as “really foolish and high-handed.”

White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan said the function of the old office--gathering policy and political input from women’s advocacy groups and disseminating information on the administration’s activities--will be handled by aides in the White House Office of Public Liaison.

“We’re still working on how exactly that will be structured, but we’re committed to having a strong relationship with women’s groups in the Bush White House,” Buchan said. “The president believes the best way to address issues important to women is through a broad variety of fronts, through his policy initiatives, through outreach by the White House and by the agencies.”

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NOW President Patricia Ireland pointed out that, to date, Bush has not reached out to women’s groups, except for a meeting last week with Republican-leaning female business executives.


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