Bush Presses Congress On Spending

By: John Cochran, ABC News, Washington.
By: John Cochran, ABC News, Washington.

President Bush was in the Rose Garden with his full Cabinet by his side on Dec. 14.

Mr. Bush had a familiar message for congressional Democrats, 'Give me the funding I ask for.'

With Washington lawmakers eager to go home for the holidays, there is still no agreement with the president on how to fund the government.

With his Cabinet beside him, Mr. Bush noted that Congress has authorized spending for only one more week to prevent a government shutdown.

"It would be disappointing if members of Congress did not finish their work by the holidays," the president said in an appearance in the Rose Garden. "If they don't, they should not carry the unfinished business of 2007 into the new year.

"Instead, they should pass a one-year continuing resolution that does not include wasteful spending or higher taxes," said Bush. "And they must ensure that our troops on the front lines have the funds and resources they need to prevail."

The president indicated he would accept only part of the military spending he asked for.

"I also understand Congress may provide a down payment on the war funding I requested without artificial timetables for withdrawal. These are encouraging signs," added Bush.

Although the president is compromising on money for Iraq, even the democrats admit he has won the big battle.

They were unable to force a withdrawal of American troops.

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