Bush to give last State of the Union address

U.S. President George W. Bush will give the last State of the Union address of hisBush_podium presidency tonight. Bush is expected to urge Congress to swiftly pass an package of economic stimulus measures and to announce steps to curtail the use of earmarks, the practice by which members of Congress secure federal funding for pet projects.

Bush also is expected to touch on his No Child Left Behind initiative, the economy and the U.S. military presence in Iraq, among other topics.

The president’s address to Congress begins at 9 p.m. Eastern time, 6 p.m. Pacific.

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