President Bush rips Congress in press conference

by Brian Mooar
NBC News

President Bush came out swinging against Congress Wednesday, accusing the House and Senate of holding up a range of issues important to Americans.

From children's health insurance to spending bills, the President accused Congress of talking too much and accomplishing too little.

Bush said he's trying to find common ground.

"The new leaders have had over nine months to get things done for the American people.  Unfortunately, they haven't managed to pass many important bills," the President said.

He's upset that lawmakers are trying to water down his foreign surveillance program, and accused Congress of stalling on spending bills and a host of other issues.

Still, Bush praised the Senate for getting started on the confirmation of judge Michael Mukasey as Attorney General.

The President spoke about two diplomatic thorns in his side, saying his meeting with the Dalai Lama shouldn't harm relations with China, but at the same time blasting Congress for moving forward with a resolution condemning Armenian genocide.

Bush said he intends to sprint through the last 15 months of his administration, and vowed to use his veto power to keep Congress in check.