President Bush Continues Calls for Deadline-Free War Bill

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CRAWFORD, Texas -- President Bush is criticizing Democrats for going on a spring break without sending him a war spending bill free of a deadline to start bringing troops home from Iraq.

In his weekly radio address, Bush says Democrats are using the war spending issue to make a "political statement."

Bush has asked Congress for more than $100 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lawmakers have approved the money, but the House and Senate bills set timelines for troop withdrawal.

Bush has said he'll veto any bill with a deadline attached.

He says the Army will be forced to consider cutting back unless he can sign a spending bill by mid-April.