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Bush: Further Delay in War-Spending Bill Will Impact Troops
American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith

Posted on 04/15/2007 8:15:11 AM PDT by SandRat

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2007 – President Bush yesterday once again called for Congress to send him a clean emergency war-spending bill that does not include tacked on funding measures and a timeline for U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq.

Without the supplemental funds requested by the White House in early February, military officials will be compelled to shift money around to fill expenditure disparities, Bush said during his weekly radio address to the nation.

“In the next few days, our military leaders will notify Congress that they will be forced to transfer $1.6 billion from other military accounts to make up for the gaps caused by Congress' failure to fund our troops in the field,” he said. “That means our military will have to take money from personnel accounts so they can continue to fund U.S. Army operations in Iraq and elsewhere.”

The $1.6 billion is in addition to the $1.7 billion in transferred funds U.S. military leaders notified Congress about last month, Bush noted.

“In March, Congress was told that the military would need to take money from personnel accounts, weapons and communications systems, so we can continue to fund programs that protect our troops from improvised explosive devices and send hundreds of mine-resistant vehicles to the front lines,” he said.

Bush said further delays in the war-spending bill would negatively affect U.S. troops. “The longer Congress delays the worse the impact on the men and women of the armed forces will be,” he said.

On April 18, the president plans to meet congressional leaders of both political parties at the White House to discuss the emergency war funding request. Bush said he will veto the bills already passed by the House and Senate because they impose restrictions on U.S. military commanders, set a timeline for withdrawal from Iraq, and include billions of dollars on domestic projects that have nothing to do with the war.

“We owe it to the American people and to our troops and their families to deliver our full support,” he said.

Bush said he realizes political differences are inherent in Washington, but stressed U.S. troops should not be trapped in the middle of such differences.

“Supporting our troops is a solemn responsibility of all elected officials in Washington, D.C.,” he said.



TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bush; congress; delay; democrats; frwn; funds; impacts; iraq; president; troops; war; wot

1 posted on 04/15/2007 8:15:12 AM PDT by SandRat
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To: 91B; HiJinx; Spiff; MJY1288; xzins; Calpernia; clintonh8r; TEXOKIE; windchime; Grampa Dave; ...
FR WAR NEWS!

WAR News at Home and Abroad You'll Hear Nowhere Else!

All the News the MSM refuses to use!

Or if they do report it, without the anti-War Agenda Spin!

2 posted on 04/15/2007 8:16:17 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

The Pres can veto, but Congress can submit the same bill over and over. Although checks and balances works to a degree, it evidently can lead to nothing but checks, which if something important is involved means collapse of the effort.


3 posted on 04/15/2007 8:19:04 AM PDT by RightWhale (3 May '07 3:14 PM)
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To: RightWhale
Demoncrats must be grinning from ear to ear.

THIS is their way of FORCED with drawl. The time table for with drawl is when the money runs out. THIS is their way of showing SUPPORT for the war.

HOW SHAMEFUL!

4 posted on 04/15/2007 8:22:15 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: nmh

There are mobs roaming around. Avoid crowds.


5 posted on 04/15/2007 8:25:11 AM PDT by RightWhale (3 May '07 3:14 PM)
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To: SandRat

Let us hope the appropriate level of hate and disgust is building in the American people for the filthy liberal DemoRats. They want our troops to be hurt and to lose. The treasonous libs should be banned from America — they do not deserve the protections of this country, especially those provided by our troops.


6 posted on 04/15/2007 8:40:34 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: nmh

The Democrats new ideas on Iraq war policy seems to be old French one, except they don’t even have the stones to call it surrender.


7 posted on 04/15/2007 8:41:33 AM PDT by kcar (Victory is the best exit strategy.)
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To: RightWhale
The Pres can veto, but Congress can submit the same bill over and over. Although checks and balances works to a degree, it evidently can lead to nothing but checks, which if something important is involved means collapse of the effort.

It's too bad the "Line Item Veto" was shot down by the SC. We need an amendment for it. This is a perfect case for it.

8 posted on 04/15/2007 8:44:24 AM PDT by SteamShovel (Global Warming, the New Patriotism)
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To: SandRat
If ever there was a time for the White House’s press office to crank into high gear, this is it.

Hammer those bastards to no end on this. There should be a coordinated effort with congressional Republicans and political groups also.

This is the area where the Dems clean our clocks and it should not be.

9 posted on 04/15/2007 8:44:54 AM PDT by headstamp (Nothing lasts forever, Unless it does.)
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To: SandRat

Iraq war.
different year.
same everything else.


10 posted on 04/15/2007 8:53:35 AM PDT by greasepaint
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To: RightWhale
May be a silly question but...

Does the President have any leeway to temporarily redirect funds?
In the case of an emergency need for funding of the troops
could he use money destined for, say, NPR and use it instead for the troops?

11 posted on 04/15/2007 8:56:46 AM PDT by kanawa (Don't go where you're looking, look where you're going.)
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To: RightWhale

Ah, but I’ve got some guns and KNOW how to use them.

They’d better be careful when around ME.


12 posted on 04/15/2007 9:02:41 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: kcar

Evil cowards are what they are.

Demoncrats make my skin crawl.


13 posted on 04/15/2007 9:03:34 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: All
YOUR ACTION REQUESTED BY SOME TROOPS IN IRAQ: Please spread the word about an appeal for redress that people in the military can sign to show support for the mission. They are having problems getting the word out:


www.appealforcourage.org

If you haven't seen this yet: A campaign by active-duty troops asking Congress to drop plans for a withdrawal from Iraq. Lt. Jason Nichols, a 33-year-old naval projects officer who has been in Baghdad since mid-January, said the goal is to keep lawmakers focused on letting the military finish its mission in Iraq, and not prematurely declare failure

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7392499685041821301&hl=en

Petitions for civilians:
http://www.townhall.com/ref/surrender
http://www.gopetition.com/online/11574.html

14 posted on 04/15/2007 9:10:35 AM PDT by bnelson44 (http://www.appealforcourage.org)
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To: nmh

I am really beginning to hate these people. Not good for my blood pressure. Dear Lord, please get them voted out of office!


15 posted on 04/15/2007 10:21:38 AM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: nmh
THIS is their way of FORCED with drawl.

And it isn't just the Southern Democrats.

16 posted on 04/15/2007 10:43:36 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (The Drive-By Media is attempting to Cronkite the Iraq war.)
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To: EagleUSA

This is really disgraceful. The democRATs are only concerned with their trivial political careers and are showing no concern for long-term national security strategy. I really believe the voters wanted a change in our strategy for Iraq back in November, not a surrender in Iraq. Bush made a big change in our Iraq strategy, but now a group of treasonous Dems wants a surrender, which is not what the voters asked for last November. Elections have consequences and these are the bitter consequences of emotional voters overreacting and electing a bunch of cowardly selfish democRATs. Now I’m wondering, how many dems to we have to flip to get a bill without a surrender date?


17 posted on 04/15/2007 11:09:06 AM PDT by Pub Linkser--80 (Seer, sage, soothsayer, and former second-string outfielder for the Oklahoma Sooners.)
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To: Pub Linkser--80

Elections have consequences and these are the bitter consequences of emotional voters overreacting and electing a bunch of cowardly selfish democRATs. Now I’m wondering, how many dems to we have to flip to get a bill without a surrender date?


I still feel these cowardly traitors should be banned from America — they do not belong here and they certainly do not deserve the protection of our military.0


18 posted on 04/15/2007 11:18:45 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Jeff Chandler

Shameful and words like that are inadequate for what this is. Sometimes I wonder ... WHAT country do I live in?


19 posted on 04/15/2007 11:46:44 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: RightWhale
Has there ever been a time in history where a country has pulled the plug ( the money)on it’s own troops while they are fighting and dying on the battlefield. I know people always site Vietnam, but weren’t most of the American troops out already and the Congress basically pulled the plug on our allies? Which is also shameful and terrible , but I cannot see the RATS doing this while all our troops are in harms way.They seem to be heading for political suicide if they stay on their present course and one soldier comes to harm because of their disgusting behavior!
20 posted on 04/15/2007 6:03:05 PM PDT by Bush gal in LA
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To: SandRat
Yes, the Democrats are determined to destroy our military and it appears that they have the resolve to act on this goal.

I hope that everyone that participated in and gloated over the Republican loss of the House and the Senate will now reconsider the consequences of having the Democrats in charge.

21 posted on 04/15/2007 6:19:52 PM PDT by snowsislander
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To: snowsislander
I hope that everyone that participated in and gloated over the Republican loss of the House and the Senate will now reconsider the consequences of having the Democrats in charge.

Those who actually cast ballots for the RATs will never repent.

Those who whimped out and stayed home out of spite might repent at seeing what they allowed in.

22 posted on 04/15/2007 6:23:13 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Bush gal in LA

Yes. Germany during WW I. Might be interesting to look up opinions on this.


23 posted on 04/16/2007 7:42:22 AM PDT by RightWhale (3 May '07 3:14 PM)
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