Bush urges congress to approve $770m. in food aid, development programs

US President George W. Bush is calling on Congress to approve $770 million in new money for global food aid and development programs. The White House arranged session on Thursday for Bush to announce the funds, and the request for lawmakers to consider. The funds are aimed at meeting immediate needs but also bolstering programs that help communities increase productivity and trade their products so that they are less in need of help. The issue of emergency food aid has become more urgent recently because of dramatically higher food costs that, combined with high gas prices and rising home foreclosures in the US, are putting a huge squeeze on families at home and abroad.