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The federal government has funneled “about $1.2 billion” to religious groups so far, the president said, and he hopes to improve on that in the next four years.

“What we are going to do in the second term is to make sure that the grant money is available for faith communities to bid on, to make sure these faith-based offices are staffed and open,” Mr. Bush said. “But the key thing is, is that we do have the capacity to allow faith programs to access enormous sums of social service money, which I think is important.”