LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – President Bush says he will sign emergency legislation to keep the government running past the start of the new fiscal year on Monday, and has criticized Congress for failing to pass spending bills.
In his weekly radio address Saturday, Mr. Bush said it is “disappointing” the Democratic Party-led Congress has not passed any of the 12 annual spending bills funding his Cabinet departments.
The emergency legislation will fund the Iraq war and a popular government-run child health insurance program.
The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to add $35 billion to the health insurance program, but President Bush says he will veto the measure.
In his radio address, Mr. Bush accused congressional leaders of putting forth an “irresponsible plan that would dramatically expand the program beyond its original intent.”
In the Democratic response to Mr. Bush’s address, a 12-year-old boy who has benefited from the program urged the president to support it.
The $35-billion expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) would provide health coverage for about 10 million children in low-income families not able to afford private insurance but earning too much to qualify for federal programs