September 29th, 2007
02:20 PM ET
15 years ago

Bush blasts Congress for not passing spending bills

Bush was critical of Congress for not passing spending bills before the end of the fiscal year.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush lambasted Congress Saturday for not passing spending bills before the fiscal year ended, and signed emergency legislation to keep the government running for the next seven weeks.

"Congress failed in its most basic responsibility: to pass the spending bills that fund the day-to-day operations of the government," Bush said in his weekly radio address.

"I do thank the Congress for passing this temporary measure, and for passing it without any new spending, new policies or new projects," the president added.

Earlier this week, House Appropriations Chairman Dave Obey, D-Wis., responded to similar criticism from the president, saying he had already talked to the White House about a "clean" continuing resolution and accused the president of manufacturing "a disagreement when there is none."

"This is the time when we ought to be sitting down to work out reasonable compromises with each other instead of issuing phony challenges or posing for political holy pictures," Obey said in a statement.

The president warned yet again that he would veto congressional plans to expand state-administered children's health programs, calling the increase in funding and coverage of State Children's Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, "irresponsible."

The congressional plans "would dramatically expand this program beyond its original intent," Bush said. "And they know I will veto it."

However, the president also said Saturday that he appreciated how the emergency spending bill he signed handled the disagreement over SCHIP. "It is good that they kept the program running while they try to work out a more responsible approach," he said of Congress.

The program provides federal money to states to provide health insurance coverage for children, and is set to expire Sunday, the end of the fiscal year. However, both the White House and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have said that if Bush vetoes the bill, the program will be funded at its current level until the impasse can be resolved.

On Thursday night, the Senate vote 67-29 to expand the program, increasing its budget of $5 billion to $12 billion for the next five years. Two days earlier, the House defied Bush's threats of a veto, and passed its version 265-159, short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto.

Also on Saturday, a 12-year-old boy, Graeme Frost, delivered the Democratic weekly radio address, discussing his experience with SCHIP. Frost said he and his sister were severely injured in a car accident three years ago.

"The hospital bills were huge," Frost, of Baltimore, said. "We got the help we needed because we had health insurance for us through the SCHIP program."

"I just hope the president will listen to my story and help other kids be as lucky as me."

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. laurinda,ny

    That little twirp has no right to be criticizing anyone. He wouldn't even get a law into effect to protect our power grids which terrorists can fool with and bring down 2/3 of our country's power for months. Which would be a disaster. He has been a total failure for our country and our people.

    September 29, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. John from America

    And just who is the President addressing? The 20% of America that doesn't think he's a total lier?

    George got elected with two things in mind; give more wealth to the richest folks in America and secondly enrich his oil friends.

    George – take a look in the mirror and see the ultimate failure!

    September 29, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. killervmac, beaver, ia

    When was the last time congress completed it's spending bills on time? It's been decades, I bet. Big whoop.

    September 29, 2007 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Mike, NY

    Damn, we almost had seven weeks without government operation. How sweet that would have been...

    September 29, 2007 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Frank Honolulu Hawaii

    That's precious. A children's program is "irresponsible" and a war killing children is responsible. Is this what republicans stand for?

    September 29, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  6. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Yeah it's really irresponsible to give kids healthcare!

    September 29, 2007 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. pl. at the UN for a while. more free money pal. Do you want to get it through your thick skull that no one wants anything to do with you anymore?

    September 29, 2007 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  8. Chris, Middletown, CT

    The thing that totally frightening – the liberals above believe this rhetoric...the truth be damned! The SCHIP program was up for renewal – the Democrats could of just appropriated the dollars needed to ensure there was no gap – and were warned by the president not to increase spending by more than like 20 billion – instead – they increased by 50 billion...(knowing it would draw a veto) – if any of you are truly bleeding hearts "for the children" – you will be completely ripped at the Democrats for politicizing the SCHIP program – they could of increased by 20 billion – and gone back again to gain the additional dollars...but....then puppets like you would have nothing to balk about....see how when you frame a story with the truth...its less of a "Republicans are evil" issue....better now?? (most likely not....turn to the DNC handbook of how to comfront people who try to tell you the truth)

    September 29, 2007 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  9. Doc, R, NC

    Bu$h is merely trying to $iphon off more ca$h to hi$ pal$ in the last day$ of hi$ pre$idency. When he meet$ oppo$ition to any of hi$ ill conceived idea$, he ha$ a tantrum like the child he i$.

    September 29, 2007 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  10. EB Rideout

    This Cheney-operated sock puppet would rather throw money down a toilet than do anything to make things better for anyone here in America.

    1.20.09 will be a day to rejoice, if we can last that long.

    September 29, 2007 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  11. A. Chico Arecibo, Puerto Rico

    Democrats should be very careful in how they handle the spending bills. By closing government in 1995 they prepared the way for Bill Clinton's re-election in 1996. G.W. Bush is not running again (thank God), but republicans can reinforce their message lambasting democrats as a "do-nothing Congress". NOBODY wants to see a government shutdown so close to Christmas time and Congress is the one who controls the government's "purse". And guess who controls both house of Congress now? The guys who will be blamed for a shutdown...the democrats.

    September 29, 2007 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  12. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    The Democrats stated long before this signing they were not going to give President Bush an open book on spending.

    So, he should have know the outcome before it took place. But, he just assumed they would concede to his wishes! Hid Veto will be no surprise. The Democrats fully expected him to veto yet another attempt to try to reign in his willy dilly free wheeling spending habits they've been criticizing and voting against throughout his reign.

    Of course he'll veto congressional plans to expand state-administered children's health programs. He'd rather spend those dollars on the Iraq War and the other projects thought to be more important by Republicans.

    September 29, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  13. Greg P.

    This from a man who has failed in his most basic responsibility; "Defend the constitution".

    September 29, 2007 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  14. Chris, Middletown, CT

    yet...they continue the rant....its sad really....because anyone who actually reads the whole story would be embarassed to write what they this case...Bush is in the it...its the Democrats who are holding the children hostage – they knew it would be vetoed...and thought..."how can we get the liberal nuts away from the most recent Michael Moore movie to write about Bushs last day?? Yes...we could take the SCHIP program thats coming up for renewal...and add like 5 billion to that 20 billion...what...the president would still sign it....hmmmm..then make it 50 billion....yeah....the crazies on our side will never research that....and they will blame him for hurting the innocent children....when its really the Democrats playing this game....please wake up....please...this one doesn't even require alot of people scare me....did the Democrats buy you free donuts and bus you in from the shelter to the local library's computers??

    September 29, 2007 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  15. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    A veto of SCHIP is tantamount to child abuse by an alcoholic Texan of limited intellect whose traits appear to have been inherited by at least one of his own children. As the lamest of ducks, he has little or nothing to lose, however, and seems not to care what his obstinacy will do to solidify the Democratic majority.

    September 30, 2007 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  16. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Bush ran for office originally under the oxymoronic tag line of "Compassionate Conservative". But six years into this nightmare for America, the only compassion demonstrated to date in his budget demands are for BILLIONS for companies profiting wildly from his war of choice on Iraq, and deep tax cuts in a time of war for the very wealthiest among us. Why is it that tax money spent to help AMERICAN CITIZENS is "irresponsible" yet many billions more sent to Halliburton and Blackwater and weapons manufacturers is just peachy keen with this "born again Christian" president? Never have I seen such duplicity and greed so fully enmeshed in my nation's capital, and by an illiterate buffoon who lost both elections. Impeach this dangerous man before he drags us into a THIRD war, but against Iran, whom the IAEA says is in full compliance.

    September 30, 2007 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  17. alan St Louis MO

    Sad very sad We can spend almost a trillion dollars on the midle east of people who hate us. But NOoooo !!!!!! we cant spend 50 Billion over next 5 years on poor american kids?

    Oh by the way . The fools that agree with bush go check the votes in congress. Republicans and a lot of them also voted for the bill. DUH

    September 30, 2007 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  18. Susan, Va Bch VA

    Well Chris of CT, I'm afraid you've wasted your time trying to explain things to fanatics. They are so hysterical even their comments reflect the minds of ignorance. Beyond hope totally.

    September 30, 2007 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  19. Susan Va Bch VA

    CNN is so childish.

    September 30, 2007 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  20. Sam, IA

    Nice parroting of the hate jocks spin Chris. It doesn't wash. This is a pittance compared to the black hole of taxpayer dollars poured into the military industrailists pockets every year for unneeded programs. These dollars are based on whether you are pals with Cheney and how many retired generals you have on your lobbying force. Insuring children is a good investment of dollars, killing them is a good way to use up bombs so your pals can build some more. Democrats build roads, Republicans build bombs. Your choice folks.

    September 30, 2007 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  21. Jim, Longview, WA.

    One name...Ron Paul 2008.

    September 30, 2007 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  22. John Drolet

    This one is for: Chris, Middletown Ct.

    I just want to clear up an obvious mistake on your part. This is, The "Inteligent Persons" choice for NEWS.
    You must have been looking for and all the "MINDLESS DRIBBLE" that the "True HATE-MONGERS"
    on the RIGHT continously spout ,claiming to be Real News

    September 30, 2007 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  23. William A Halifax N.S.

    Are Chris Middletown and the other Bush Supporters living in a Utopian Dream?

    If they want to get bent out of shape it should be due to the outrageous billions spent by the Bush Administration on the Iraq War. Or Driving the value of the American Dollar to it's lowest since 1974. Or their generous support of the worldly Oil Magnates, and Republican Cronnies.
    Or their lack of concern for the over extension of military troops to burn out capacity. Or their indifference to insuring troops have the equipment needed for protection and success. Or their present desire for military options concerning Iran which would make our present devastation look like a mere street battle. Or their anti partisan politics destroying any hope for progress in the Congress. Or destroying the American Image world wide. Or sending the American Real Estate markets into the depths of despair. Or their lack of aid to their own states in dire need. Putting international citizens ahead of their own. Or their indifference to the Constituion and what it stands for.

    September 30, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  24. Paul C., Palmetto Bay, FL

    Don't you find it puzzling that Bush never vetoed any of the outrageous spending bills put forth by the Republican congress?

    September 30, 2007 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. Chris, Middletown, CT

    lets just keep on task my crazy little friends....SCHIP....Democrats could of added and additional 20 billion..and there would be no opportunity for political grandstanding...yet...they chose to add something they were already warned would be vetoed....(I know the fallback for the left is "its for the children" and the classic "we've spent more than that on the war" – stay with me....just talking about the SCHIP program now and how the Democrats are playing you....its sad....really really sad what are country has become....we are divided right and left...I wonder if someone will run a moderate.....Rudy!

    September 30, 2007 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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