President Bush is warning Congress he will continue vetoing war spending bills as long as they contain a timetable for the withdrawal of American forces in Iraq.
Just like the House, the Senate approved an Iraq funding bill on April 26, 2007, that attached a deadline for troop withdrawal beginning in October.
The president said the lawmakers should not be making military decisions.
“If the Congress wants to test my will as to whether or not I’ll accept a timetable for withdrawal, I won’t accept one. Just don’t think it is in the interest of our troops,” Bush said.
The president also said it’s unacceptable to add spending to the bill that’s unrelated to the war.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is urging the president to reconsider and said by not signing the legislation Bush “would deny the troops the resources and strategy they need.”
Congress needs a two-thirds majority to override the president’s veto.