I'm Just A Bug Man

Tom Delay had a bone to pick with the President when he approached him on the Truman balcony at a White House get-together last week. DeLay didn't like press secretary Ari Fleischer's pressuring House Republicans to pass a tax credit for low-income families with children. "Last time I checked," DeLay had snapped to reporters, "he didn't have a vote." DeLay and conservatives resented being forced to accede to what they felt was slapdash legislation--and being made to look miserly for it. Bush didn't back down, saying he wanted a bill passed quickly. The flinty Congressman would not let the matter drop...

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