President Bush Vetoes Iraq Bill, Menendez Expresses Disappointment And Commitment To Transition Troops Out Of Iraq

President Bush Vetoes Iraq Bill, Menendez Expresses Disappointment And Commitment To Transition Troops Out Of Iraq

Washington - This evening, President Bush vetoed the Supplemental Appropriations bill, which established a deadline as a goal to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq by April 1, 2008. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) issued the following statement in response:

"I am deeply disappointed in the president's decision to reject this best path to success in Iraq, delay funding for our troops and deny healthcare for those who return home injured. We sent him a bill that reflects the will of the American people, and he has turned his back on it.

"I know that Democrats in Congress will not abandon the goal of getting our troops out of the civil war in Iraq and giving them the equipment to protect themselves. That is the essence of supporting the troops, and that is our position. Our future actions on this issue will continue to adhere to these principles. I urge my Republican colleagues to engage in this effort, and to help us act in the best interest of our troops and our nation."

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