Wash. Times report contradicted by another Wash. Times article

››› ››› ROB DIETZ

A July 27 Washington Times article on President Bush's speech in Philadelphia the day before -- in which Bush criticized Democrats in Congress for allegedly "dragging their feet" on the "12 basic spending bills that are needed to keep the government running" -- falsely reported that "the Senate has yet to pass one of the annual 12 spending bills." In fact, as The Washington Times itself reported in a separate article published in the same day's edition, the Senate passed the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act for 2008 at 10:49 p.m. ET on July 26. That bill is one of the 12 annual spending bills for fiscal year 2008.

From the July 27 Washington Times article headlined "Bush tells Democrats to approve defense bill":

Congress begins its summer recess Aug. 6, and the Senate has yet to pass one of the annual 12 spending bills. Democrats have sought to add $23 billion in spending increases over the $2.9 trillion budget request, prompting Mr. Bush to threaten to veto more than half of the stalled bills.


Mr. Bush blamed Congress -- specifically Democrats -- for the delays and said that in "time of war," the defense bill should take precedent.

"They're now in charge, and it's important that they exercise their responsibility," he said in a speech before a meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council in Philadelphia.

"They've been dragging their feet on these bills. They are now getting ready to leave for their August recess without having passed a single spending bill."

From the July 27 Washington Times article headlined "Senate OKs $3 billion to guard border":

The Senate yesterday passed $3 billion in emergency spending for immigration and border enforcement, adding it to the 2008 homeland security spending bill, while the House late Wednesday passed a measure that would free two U.S. Border Patrol agents serving time for shooting a fleeing illegal-alien drug trafficker in the buttocks.


Late last night the Senate adopted the entire bill, which totals more than $40 billion, on an 89-4 vote. The bill still must go to a conference committee to be reconciled with the House version.

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