WASHINGTON (CNN) – At a press conference Monday morning, President Bush told reporters that, after returning from a two-week break for Thanksgiving, Congress had just two more weeks before going another break at the end of the year.
“That’s not really a lot of time to squeeze in nearly a year’s worth of unfinished business,” said Bush.
But, Bush didn’t stop there in his criticism of Congress. Calling the pro forma sessions held by the Senate “a political maneuver designed to block my ability to make recess appointments,” Bush chided Congress for holding a series of 30-second Senate sessions held in the last two weeks. “If thirty seconds is a full day, no wonder Congress has got a lot of work to do,” the President added.
Bush said Congress should spend the next two weeks working on a bill to fund U.S. combat troops, an extension of wiretapping legislation, a revision of the alternative minimum tax, and the 11 outstanding spending bills necessary to fund the federal government’s operations.
Despite his desire to get action out of Capitol Hill, Bush made it clear that he would not tolerate what he considered unnecessary appropriations in any spending bills presented to him. “If they send me an irresponsible spending bill, I will veto it.”
Bush also told reporters Monday that as the end 2007 approaches, Congress has “little to show for it.”
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– CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart