Budget Problems for Bush

According to VOA news, Congress did not approve Bush’s budget for the coming fiscal year. As a result, Bush is signing emergency legislation to keep the government functioning for the next seven weeks.

The main disagreement seems to be over the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP), which provides insurance for children of low-income families. Republicans and Democrats of the House and Senate alike approved a $35 billion increase in the S-CHIP, which cut into Bush’s proposed $190 billion for military spending. Bush calls Congress’ proposal an “irresponsible plan that would dramatically expand the program beyond its original intent,” and promises to veto the proposal when it reaches his desk.

While the White House has threatened a number of vetos during Bush’s term, there have so far been only four in his nearly seven years of presidency.

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