Veto Sustained, Bush Sits Down with Lawmakers With his veto of the Iraq spending bill sustained, President Bush sat down with bipartisan leaders from Congress to discuss a version of the funding measure that would not force withdrawal of U.S. troops on a timetable.
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Veto Sustained, Bush Sits Down with Lawmakers

Veto Sustained, Bush Sits Down with Lawmakers

Veto Sustained, Bush Sits Down with Lawmakers

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With his veto of the Iraq spending bill sustained, President Bush sat down with bipartisan leaders from Congress to discuss a version of the funding measure that would not force withdrawal of U.S. troops on a timetable.

MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:

First: The story from the White House. Here is our correspondent Don Gonyea.

DON GONYEA: President Bush vetoed the funding bill yesterday as soon as he returned to the White House from a visit to the military's central command headquarters. This morning he used the speech to the Associated General Contractors to talk about Iraq.

GEORGE W: This is a frustrating war. Nobody likes a war.

GONYEA: Today, the president said, such a move would make Iraq a humanitarian nightmare. And he said there'd be chaos across the Middle East and he spoke of what that would mean for al-Qaida.

BUSH: And there would be no benefit in allowing the same terrorist network that attacked America on 9/11 to gain a safe haven from which to attack us again. Even if you think it was mistake to go into Iraq, it would be a far greater mistake to pullout now.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

GONYEA: In a letter to the House of Representatives today, the president also argued that a congressional mandate regarding troop withdrawals is unconstitutional. His language on that point was less formal during a Q and A session with audience members.

BUSH: The question is who ought to make that decision, the Congress or the commanders? And as you know, my position is clear. I'm a commander guy - yes, sir.

GONYEA: This afternoon at the White House, the president hosted Democratic and Republican congressional leaders in the Cabinet Room. Mr. Bush said it's important that they work quickly.

BUSH: Yesterday was a day that highlighted differences. Today is a day where we can work together to find common ground. I will inform - and another speaker and the leader that - of our serious intent.

GONYEA: Don Gonyea, NPR News, the White House.

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