President Bush sought yesterday to show the compassion behind his brand of conservatism, unveiling a multimillion dollar plan to aid disabled Americans and promising to stop government from “discriminating against religious institutions” that help the needy.

In separate events, Bush capped a weeklong campaign designed to reach out to moderate voters. Advisers say the president will turn next week to another challenge: promoting tax cuts by trying to show they would benefit families, small businesses, the high-tech industry and the sluggish economy.

His day began with the National Prayer Breakfast, an annual gathering of lawmakers, foreign heads of state and spiritual leaders. Bush promised to respect the separation of church from state even as he tries to funnel more government money to church groups.

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