04 May, 2007
President Bush has vetoed a congressional bill that sets a timetable for withdrawing American troops from Iraq contending that the pull out will pave the way for more terrorist attacks on US.
According to US constitution, the Senate can override the president’s veto with a two-third majority, however , the Democrats are far short of the two-third votes they needed to override the veto with 222-203.
Mr Bush has called to search for a compromise that enables the administration to receive $100 billion for running the war in Iraq.
“The president has turned a tin ear to the wishes of the American people,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said during the hour-long debate before the vote. “The president wants a blank check. The Congress will not give it to him.”
As the meeting began, both Mr Bush and his Democratic opponents expressed hope that they would find a compromise formula to end this stalemate.
“I am confident that, with goodwill on both sides, that we can move beyond political statements and agree on a bill that gives our troops the funds and the flexibility they need to do the job," said Mr Bush.
Here are some questions
1) Do you think the two sides will reach on a compromise on the issue?
2) What could be the possible implications of Bush’s veto?
3) Will it increase the ongoing row between Democrats and Republicans over Iraq war?
4) Do you agree with Democrats contention that the pull out will be in US interest?