White House-Congress squabble over Iraq funding heats up

10/27/2003
The White House took its strongest action yet to retain control over proposed Iraq reconstruction funds when it told the US Congress that President George W. Bush would veto a bill that requires Iraq to pay back part of the money."Including a loan mechanism slows efforts to stabilize the region and to relieve pressure on our troops, raises questions about our commitment to building a democratic and self-governing Iraq, and impairs our ability to encourage other nations to provide badly needed assistance without saddling Iraq with additional debt," Joshua Bolten, White House budget director said in a letter to congressional leaders Oct. 21.A pending Senate version directs Iraq to repay hal...
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