Of course the president could veto any such resolution, only to be over-ridden by a two thirds majority.
The problem is that the additional money has to come from somewhere. The President's ability to move funding around within DoD (and from elsewhere) to pay for things is pretty limited.
All the Dems have to do is refuse to put up the $$$. What does the President do ... play chicken with the Dems and veto the entire DoD appropriations bill unless it contains funding? Or maybe ALL of the appropriations bills? It's a possibility, but the 1995 experience with shutting down the government seems a good indicator of which side public opinion will be driven (or, rather, stampeded, courtesy of our friends in the MSM) towards on the matter.
Actually, if there is no budget, the President has complete authority to spend mony on what he deems necessary. Although he would close down the national parks, and various welfare agencies, he would continue to fund the military, border patrol, coast guard. Money would continue to flow into the IRS.
Lincoln fought the Civil War for some 6 months after he was elected, without benefit of Congress.
You may recall that Clinton vetoed the budget just after the Republicans took office in 1994.
posted on 01/12/2007 9:58:23 AM PST
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