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President Bush’s Office of Management and Budget has released a statement of policy that “strongly supports” passage of a House bill to transfer the cross to federal land.

The short statement, which is posted on the, website of the Thomas More Law Center, which has supported the cross, reads as follows:

The Administration strongly supports passage of H.R. 5683 to protect the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial in San Diego. In the face of legal action threatening the continued existence of the current Memorial, the people of San Diego have clearly expressed their desire to keep the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial in its present form. Judicial activism should not stand in the way of the people, and the Administration commends Rep. Hunter for his efforts in introducing this bill. The bill would preserve the Mount Soledad Memorial by vesting title to the Memorial in the Federal government and providing that it be administered by the Secretary of Defense. The Administration supports the important goal of preserving the integrity of war memorials.

There’s no mention of the numerous legal decisions made against the cross or the recent annulment of a proposition which would have transferred the cross to federal land.

In May, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon, and San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders asking for his support on the cross issue. There’s been no word from the president until now.

WILL CARLESS

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