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Mr. Bush said that to be effective, an economic stimulus package would need to roughly represent 1 percent of the gross domestic product - the value of all U.S. goods and services and the best measure of the country's economic standing. White House advisers say that, in current terms, 1 percent would amount to around $145 billion, which is along the lines of what private economists say should be sufficient to help give the economy a short-term boost.
"Letting Americans keep more of their money should increase consumer spending," he said.
Mr. Bush said that Congress should work as soon as possible to send him legislation to "keep our economy growing and creating jobs."