At today’s press briefing, Scott McClellan was asked why President Bush has never vetoed a bill if he thinks Congress needs to restrain spending:
QUESTION: There’s been a lot of criticism of Congress in terms of restraining the growth of federal spending, but the president has yet to veto any spending bill. Why is that the case?
MCCLELLAN: Well, no, that’s a good question. I think the president has talked about it previously.
Under the way things currently are structured, I think it’s difficult to do that when Congress acts to meet the level the president has called for in the budget. And Congress has acted to fund priorities that the president has called for, and then to exercise spending restraint elsewhere in the budget.
In other words, the President has had a hard time vetoing spending bills because Congress has pretty much given him what he’s asked for, including big tax cuts for the very wealthy. The problem is, Bush’s policies have added nearly $2.5 trillion to the national debt.