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Post-Veto War Supplemental Must Eliminate Pork and Support Troops

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Publication Date: May 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Ernest Istook; Nicola Moore; Baker Spring

Series: WebMemo

Topic: Government (Executive power)
Military and defense (Military spending)

Keywords: Budget; supplemental; war funding

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


President George W. Bush was right to veto the war supplemental funding bill. In his second veto since taking office, the President rejected a bill that contained an unconstitutional usurpation of presidential authority as commander in chief and, by adding billions of dollars in pork and pet programs, made a mockery of the new Congress's pledges to return to fiscal discipline.