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Nearly 1,000 workers afraid of losing their jobs because President Bush wants to eliminate funding for the Seawolf nuclear-powered submarine rallied Saturday outside the White House.

The workers and union officials gathered in Lafayette Park, but Bush was at Camp David, Md.Bush proposes cutting $50 billion in defense spending over the next five years, about $17 billion of which would come in eliminated spending on the Seawolf.

"The battle has just begun. The White House will hear from us before it's over," said Mel Olsson, president of Electric Boat's Marine Draftsmen's union.

Electric Boat, a Groton, Conn.-based division of General Dynamics, is building the first Seawolf.

At $2 billion each, the Seawolf is the most expensive submarine ordered by the Navy.