President Bush Vetoes War Funding Bill

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The bill would have required that the first U.S. combat troops be withdrawn from Iraq by October 1st with the goal of a complete pullout six months later.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.

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