March 9 — In South Dakota — Bush's third stop on a four-state swing to promote his tax-cut plan — the president makes a joint appearance at a health care event with Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., who vigorously opposes the $1.6 trillion tax relief package. "It doesn't look like [bipartisanship]'s dead to me," Bush remarks. "It looks like it's alive and well here in South Dakota."
March 10 — After a two-day, four-state trip to promote his tax-cut proposal, Bush spends the weekend relaxing at his ranch in Crawford, Texas. "Support for tax relief is building," the president says in his weekly radio address. "I feel the momentum for tax relief everywhere I travel in this country."
March 11 — Senators spar over Bush's tax cut proposal on the Sunday morning talk shows. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., calls the previous week's effort by House Republicans to pass a key element of Bush's plan over strong Democratic opposition "almost an insult — a slap in the face to a real Democratic process." "In the end, the president is going to get his tax cut," says Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas.
March 12 — RETURN TO FLORIDA: Bush returns to Florida for the first time since becoming president, delivering a tax-cut speech in Panama City. "Some of the Democrats here want to keep re-voting the election. But if they would listen to America, they would find that Americans want to move forward," he tells reporters. A bomb dropped by a U.S. Navy jet during a training exercise in Kuwait kills six, including four Americans.
March 13 — The Bush administrations informs Congress it will not require power plants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, despite the president's promise on the campaign trail to impose new regulations. The president holds a Rose Garden ceremony naming a federal courthouse in Boston after Democratic Rep. Joe Moakley, who is ill with terminal leukemia.
March 14 — Bush heads to the Garden State to pitch his tax cut proposal and his plan to boost government funding for church-run charities. "We ought to welcome faith-based programs into our society and not fear them," Bush says at a church in Plainfield, N.J.
March 15 — The Senate passes White House-backed bankruptcy reform legislation. As the Senate prepares to take up campaign finance reform, Bush sends his own proposal to Capitol Hill. Democratic leaders blast the administration for pessimistic statements about the economy. "We've been talking ourselves into this," says House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt, D-Mo. Now there are real facts out there."
March 16 — Bush meets with Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern at the White House. "The United States stands ready to help," the president says of the ongoing Northern Ireland peace process. "It is in our national interest that there be a lasting peace, a real lasting peace, in Northern Ireland." "It is good to be able to count on true friends," says Ahern.
March 17 — With the House having passed the central element of his $1.6 trillion tax cut, the president urges the Senate to support the plan. "We have been hearing too much troubling economic news," the president says in his weekly radio address. "It is only common sense to give our economy a boost during a slowdown." Bush spends the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat.