President Bush calls on Congress for action

March 31, 2008 4:24:48 AM PDT
President Bush is prodding Congress to pass trade, housing and terrorist surveillance laws while he minds his foreign policy agenda in Europe.

The president made his pitch to lawmakers before he and first lady Laura Bush departed the South Lawn on Monday morning.

Bush pushed for Congress to pass a free-trade deal with Colombia, a law to modernize the Federal Housing Administration, and an update to a law allowing eavesdropping on suspect terrorists.

"These are all vital priorities," the president said.

Bush is on his way to the Ukraine, the first stop in a week of travels in Europe. He is promoting NATO expansion and trying to shore up ties with allies.