Bush To Veto Defense Authorization Bill

In a move that appears to be catching Congress off guard, President Bush says he'll reject a defense policy bill.

The White House says he plans to veto the legislation because it
would derail Iraq's reconstruction efforts.

In addition to giving members of the military a pay raise, the act also prohibits the Navy from building an OLF site in Washington & Beaufort counties.

The decision is based on a provision that Democrats say would allow victims of Saddam Hussein to seek compensation in court. The White House says allowing plaintiffs to immediately freeze Iraqi funds would expose the country to "massive liability in lawsuits" over the executed Iraqi dictator. It says once they're in place, the restrictions could take months to lift.

The White House says a fragile Iraq cannot afford to have money tied up in U.S. lawsuits.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid say the president should have raised his objections before Congress
sent the bill to his desk. And, they charge he is bowing to the demands of the Iraqi government.

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  • by Rick Location: Washington on Dec 28, 2007 at 04:55 PM
    We should be getting less involved in Irag not complicating things more by promoting and creating litigation in an environment we know nothing about just to provide economic opportunities for the legal industry. As shamefull as starting the war in the first place just to boost our economy and the wealth of this administrations favored businesses. I guess its all about elitist greed in either party. Now our Warriors' much needed pay raise is jeapordized and they are exploited even further. Very sad.
  • by Dale Location: Camp Lejeune on Dec 28, 2007 at 01:51 PM
    Way to go George! Nice that you bow down to the Iraqis.

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