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Pelosi and Reid Respond to Bush VetoTim King Salem-News.com
President Bush vetoed the Democratic War Funding Bill.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Democrats responded to the presidential veto of a war spending bill submitted for approval.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that in the coming days, they will continue to reach out to the president. "And we hope Congressional Republicans who have remained silent through this debate will work with us as well."
"The President may be content with keeping our troops mired in the middle of an open-ended civil war, but we are not; and neither are most Americans.
A bipartisan majority of Congress sent the President a bill to fully fund our troops and change the mission in Iraq. The president refused to sign it. That is his right, but now he has an obligation to explain his plan to responsibly end this war."
But if the President thinks that by vetoing this bill, he will stop us from working to change the direction of this war, he is mistaken."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Reid in her comments that reflect a determination to make the President come to terms.
"We made a strong commitment to support our men and women in uniform."
She says the bill was a reflection of the will of the people. "It was a bill that honored and represented the wishes of the American people."
In Pelosi's eyes, Bush was not moved by the fact that poeple from all political corners are joining the effort to bring the war in Iraq to a close. "We had hoped that the President would have teated it with the respect of the bi-partisan support of the American people."
"This bill supports the troops, and in fact it gave the President more than he asked for the troops."
She closed with this remark, "The president wants a blank check, the congress is not going to give it to him."
Pelosi says that what Bush refuses to give, he demanded from President Clinton June 5th, 1999, when he said it is important that President Clinton lay out a timetable.
"The president refuses to apply the same standards to his own activity."
"If the President thinks what is going on no in Iraq is progress, it is easy to see why we have a disagreement with his policy."
Even impeachment is a consideration say dome Democrats, who include Jack Murtha, the Democrat military veteran who has raised his voice repeatedly against the policies of the administration.
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