White House-Congress squabble over Iraq funding heats up

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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