Bush on Iraq bill: 'Act of political theater'
President George W. Bush this afternoon dismissed the narrowly-passed House supplemental appropriations legislation as an "act of political theater."
"The purpose of the emergency war spending bill I requested was to provide our troops with vital funding," the President said in the White House just after the vote. "Instead, Democrats in the House, in an act of political theater, voted to substitute their judgment for that of our military commanders on the ground in Iraq."
Warning that the bill "set rigid restrictions that will require an army of lawyers to interpret," he promised to veto it.
"As I have made clear for weeks, I will veto it if it comes to my desk. And because the vote in the House was so close, it is clear that my veto would be sustained," he explained.
He also warned of consequences if he doesn't get his way.
"The Secretary of Defense has warned that if Congress does not approve the emergency funding for our troops by April the 15th, our men and women in uniform will face significant disruptions, and so would their families," he argued. "Congress needs to send me a clean bill that I can sign without delay."