At Meeting, Both Sides Stay the Course on Iraq LegislationApril 18, 2007 - by Donny Shaw
>President Bush and Democratic leaders of Congress failed to reconcile key differences Wednesday over a disputed war-funding bill that would set deadlines for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
>Bush met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the Cabinet Room for more than an hour. Democrats said afterward they would send the president legislation soon that the White House says he will veto.
>Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he still holds hope that Bush will sign the bill that lawmakers approve.
>"We believe he must search his soul, his conscience and find out what is the right thing for the American people," Reid said, standing outside the White House. “I believe signing this bill will do that.”
>"It gives the troops more than he’s asked for and leaves the troops there for considerable periods of time with some goals and benchmarks that have been called for by the American people, the Iraq Study Group and many, many military," Reid said.