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President Bush Vetoes War-Funding Bill

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President Bush has vetoed a bill that would have forced him to order U.S. troop withdrawals in Iraq. It was four years ago Tuesday that Bush declared an end to "major combat" and since then, more  than 3,200 troops have died in Iraq.

Bush addressed the nation Tuesday and commented on the war-funding bill.  He will meet with congressional leaders on Wednesday to discuss the next step.

Illinois Senator Richard Durbin, says the veto will tell Iraq it's "business as usual." The Democrat says it means that if Iraq has problems, they can just "dial 9-1-1, order up 20-thousand American soldiers."

Arizona Republican Jon Kyl counters, saying the bill's withdrawal requirement is a "strategy for defeat."

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