Democrats Blame President For Lack Of Progress

Monday, December 3rd 2007, 9:00 pm
By: News On 6

CAPITOL HILL (AP) -- The Senate's top Democrat says if Congress doesn't have much to show for its efforts, the fault lies with President Bush. Harry Reid says Congress could have given troops "what they need in Iraq" while also funding "critical needs at home." But Reid says lawmakers were thwarted by what he calls "the stubborn refusal of President Bush and his Republican enablers" to work with Democratic leaders.

On Monday, President Bush scolded Congress for what he described as its meager accomplishments. The remarks came as lawmakers returned for an abbreviated holiday session.

Bush said members of Congress should use the little time they have to support U.S. troops, and to "prevent harmful tax increases and responsibly fund our government."

Democrats say they'll bring the appropriations process to a close, even if it means giving in to Bush's strict funding levels for some domestic programs.