Bush: Congress Wasting Time

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2007 11:20 AM CDT
President Bush gestures during a press conference, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007, in the press briefing room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – George Bush ripped Congress today, in a bruising opening to a press conference, saying Democrats had largely wasted their first nine months in power. “The clock is winding down,” the president said, alleging lethargy on issues like health care, education, veterans and security. He then attacked the Armenian genocide resolution that enraged Turkey, saying, “one thing Congress should not be doing is sorting out the historical record of the Ottoman Empire.”

Bush said many bills were moving too slowly, including appropriation bills funding federal activities—which he called “one of Congress’ basic duties”—and a revised Children’s Health Insurance bill, after his veto earlier this month. Finally, he urged congress to pass the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. “Al Qaeda's still dangerous,” Bush reiterated. “Al Qaeda’s not going away any time.”