Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Pelosi to Bush: Calm down
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said Wednesday President Bush needs to "calm down" in response to his veto threat of a House backed Iraq spending measure that sets a timeline for withdrawal from Iraq.
"On this very important matter, I would extend a hand of friendship to the president to say to him, calm down with the threats," Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill. "There's a new Congress in town. We respect your constitutional role. We want you to respect ours.
"When the president says he wants to veto this bill he says, I am vetoing accountability - accountability of my own administration and of the Iraqi government," she added. "He says, I forbid. He told me, I forbid, I forbid accountability. I forbid additional assistance and meeting the health needs of our military and our veterans. I forbid meeting the needs of the people struck by Katrina. I forbid s-chip helping the poorest children in America get healthcare. I forbid disaster agriculture assistance to farmers and cattlemen across the country who need this help." (Watch video: Pelosi fires back at Bush)
In a speech before National Cattlemen's Beef Association meeting Wednesday, Bush said he would veto the measure and warned of the consequences of imposing a specific timetable for withdrawal.
"The consequences of imposing such a specific and random date of withdrawal would be disastrous," he said. "Our enemies in Iraq would simply have to mark their calendars. They'd spend the months ahead plotting how to use their new safe haven once we were to leave. It makes no sense for politicians in Washington, D.C. to be dictating arbitrary timelines for our military commanders in a war zone 6,000 miles away."
-- CNN's Alexander Mooney and Emily McCulloch
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