"At this meeting, the leaders in Congress can report on progress on getting an emergency spending bill to my desk," Bush said. "We can discuss the way forward on a bill that is a clean bill, a bill that funds our troops without artificial timetables for withdrawal and without handcuffing our generals on the ground. I'm hopeful we'll see some results soon from the Congress."
Mc joan at Kos:
All due respect to the office of the president, but WTF? Mr. President, Congress doesn't have to "report" to you. You are not driving the legislative process, your experiences of the past six years to the contrary. If you're not extending anything in the process, then forget it. Which is basically what Harry Reid said in response.
For the President to say he will meet but not negotiate is odd. Why meet then? For six years he signed every pork laden Republican spending bill he could. He did not veto one bill for five of those years. Now, all of a sudden, he wants a "clean" bill. He must be kidding. Unfortunately he is not.