May 1, 2007
President Bush vetoed legislation Tuesday that included a timetable for troop withdrawal in a showdown with Congress. It's only the second veto of his Presidency, and with it, President Bush sent a message to Democratic leaders.
The bill would have required that the first U.S. combat troops be withdrawn from Iraq by October 1st with the goal of a complete pullout six months later.
"This is a prescription for chaos and confusion, and we must not impose it on our troops," Bush said in a nationally broadcast statement from the White House.
Bush said Democrats made a political statement by passing the anti-war legislation and that it was time to put politics aside and support troops with funds.