Bush Slams Congress for Wasting Time

By Nathan Burchfiel | July 7, 2008 | 8:32 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - President Bush on Tuesday slammed congressional Democrats, who he said have "wasted valuable time" with investigations into his administration and attempts to pull troops out of Iraq.

"They haven't seen a bill they could not solve without shoving a tax hike into it," Bush said, criticizing what he called "an endless series of tax increases."

He urged Congress to pass appropriations bills soon, using their failure to pass one complete appropriations bill as another point of criticism.

The House has passed its own versions of all 12 appropriations bills. The Senate has passed eight, but none have completed the conference report process that will iron out differences between the two versions of the bill.

By the end of October 2006, the Republican-controlled Congress had sent two complete FY2007 appropriations bills to the president. In 2005, three FY2006 bills were passed and signed into law by the end of October, with another 6 passed and signed in November.

"Congress should pass each bill one at a time in a fiscally responsible manner," rather than lumping them all into one massive Omnibus bill, Bush said in an appearance with Republican leaders.

He urged the Senate to focus on appropriations bills instead of considering the second attempt to reauthorize and expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which in its current state is very similar to the bill Bush vetoed due to its increases.

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