May 2, 2007
Nearly 4,000 new troops joined those already on the ground in Iraq, though the funding to pay for their mission is tied up on Capitol Hill.
"It didn't make any sense to me to impose the view of politicians over the
judgments of our military leaders," said President Bush.
Almost as soon as it arrived on his desk Tuesday, Bush rejected the funding bill because it set a deadline for pulling out troops.
"A clean bill means we don't have handcuffs on the generals. We don't
have surrender dates, and we don't tie the hands of those generals trying to prosecute the war on the ground," said Rep. John Boehner, House Minority Leader.
The sticking point has always been the timeline. Most Republicans and the President say it's like setting a date for failure. So Wednesday afternoon, the President will meet with Congressional leaders to try to find common ground.
Both sides are now looking at a bill that has benchmarks Iraqis have to meet to ensure progress, but no deadlines for mandatory troop withdrawals.
"We are in the fifth year of this war, and Iraqis refuse to stand on their own and take responsibility for their future," said Sen. Patty Murray, D- Washington.
In a last ditch effort, the House Democrats will try to override the President's veto today, but they've acknowledged all along that they don't have the votes to make it happen.