President Bush sends a message to Congress. He will not sign an over-inflated budget.
With the clock ticking towards the end of the fiscal year, the president delivered a stern warning to Congress--which still hasn't sent any appropriations bills to the White House.
"If they think that by waiting until just before they leave for the year to send me a bill that is way over budget and thicker than a phone book and they think that's going to force me to sign it, it's not," President Bush said.
Just last week, the president again said he would veto any expansion of the state children's health insurance program, also known as "S-Chip".
Mr. Bush has in fact threatened to veto most of the 12 bills Congress is working on, which are $22-billion more than he requested in his budget. The end of the fiscal year is just a week away.
"By passing a clean continuing resolution, Congress would give itself extra time to complete the 12 annual spending bills and do them one at a time in a fiscally responsible way," Bush assured.
The majority leader insists such a resolution will be passed, avoiding a government shut-down similar to 1995 when then--President Clinton and the Republican-controlled Congress reached an impasse over spending.
"We don't intend to shut down government. I know members on your side indicated it's not their intention to shut down government. We need to provide for an alternative for government to continue, because, again, we are experiencing the same frustrations you have," admitted Democratic Representative Steny Hoyer.
On Sept. 24, the president departs for New York to attend the beginning of the United Nations opener on Sept. 25 and to hold meetings with world leaders.
President Bush emphasized his economic policies are working and the American economy is strong.