WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Friday he was "enthusiastic" about enacting a tax cut for the middle class, but he would not sign such a bill unless it helps the economy and is paid for as required by the 1990 budget agreement.

In his first statement outlining his position on the "tax-cut fever" that took hold of Congress last week, the President expressed "concern" about the sluggish recovery that he said was fueling an eleventh-hour rush to enact tax cuts this year.

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