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4/14/07

President Bush's Radio Address

DEMOCRATIC LEADERS ARE HEADED TO THE WHITE HOUSE THIS WEEK...TO DISCUSS AN
EMERGENCY WAR FUNDING BILL WITH THE PRESIDENT. IN HIS WEEKLY RADIO ADDRESS THIS
(SATURDAY) MORNING, MISTER BUSH REITERATED HIS NONNEGOTIABLE STANCE ON THE
ISSUE.

RADIO ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT TO THE NATION


THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning.  This week I extended an invitation to
congressional leaders of both parties to come to the White House so we can
discuss the emergency war funding our troops are waiting for.  When we meet on
Wednesday, I look forward to hearing how Members of Congress plan to meet their
responsibilities and provide our troops with the funding they need.

Supporting our troops is a solemn responsibility of all elected officials in
Washington, D.C.  So 68 days ago, I sent Congress an emergency war spending
bill that would provide the vital funds needed for our troops on the front
lines.  But instead of approving this funding, Democrats in Congress have spent
the past 68 days pushing legislation that would undercut our troops.  They
passed bills that would impose restrictions on our military commanders and set
an arbitrary date for withdrawal from Iraq, giving our enemies the victory they
desperately want.

The Democrats' bills also spend billions of dollars on domestic projects that
have nothing to do with the war, such as funding for tours of the United States
Capitol and for peanut storage.  And after passing these unacceptable bills in
the House and Senate, Democratic leaders then chose to leave town without
sending any legislation to my desk.

The Senate came back to Washington earlier this week, but the House is still on
its Easter recess.  Meanwhile, our troops are waiting for the funds.  And to
cover the shortfall, our military may be forced to consider what Army General
Pete Schoomaker has called "increasingly draconian measures."

In the next few days, our military leaders will notify Congress that they will
be forced to transfer $1.6 billion from other military accounts to make up for
the gaps caused by Congress' failure to fund our troops in the field.  That
means our military will have to take money from personnel accounts so they can
continue to fund U.S. Army operations in Iraq and elsewhere.

This $1.6 billion in transfer comes on top of another $1.7 billion in transfers
that our military leaders notified Congress about last month.  In March,
Congress was told that the military would need to take money from personnel
accounts, weapons and communications systems, so we can continue to fund
programs that protect our troops from improvised explosive devices and send
hundreds of mine-resistant vehicles to the front lines.  These actions are only
the beginning, and the longer Congress delays the worse the impact on the men
and women of the Armed Forces will be.

I recognize that Republicans and Democrats in Washington have differences over
the best course in Iraq, and we should vigorously debate those differences. 
But our troops should not be trapped in the middle.  They have been waiting for
this money long enough.  Congress must now work quickly and pass a clean bill
that funds our troops, without artificial time lines for withdrawal, without
handcuffing our generals on the ground, and without extraneous domestic
spending.

When you live in Washington, it's easy to get caught up in the complexities of
legislative procedure.  But for the American people, this is not a complicated
debate.  When Americans went to the polls last November, they did not vote for
politicians to substitute their judgment for the judgment of our commanders on
the ground.  And they certainly did not vote to make peanut storage projects
part of the funding for our troops.

The American people voted for change in Iraq, and that is exactly what our new
commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, is working to achieve.  And they
expect their elected leaders to support our men and women on the front lines,
so they have every resource they need to complete their mission.

We owe it to the American people and to our troops and their families to
deliver our full support.  I will continue working with Republicans and
responsible Democrats to do just that.  I call on Members of Congress to put
partisanship on hold, resolve their differences, and send me a clean bill that
gets our troops the funds they need.

Thank you for listening. 

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