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March 19, 2005
Bush Coming Back To DC For Terri

President Bush has changed his schedule to return from his Crawford, TX ranch to Washington DC in order to sign any legislation produced tomorrow that will restore nutrition and hydration to Terri Schiavo:

President Bush is changing his schedule to return to the White House on Sunday to be in place to sign emergency legislation that would shift the case of a brain-damaged Florida woman to federal courts, the White House said Saturday.

"Everyone recognizes that time is important here," White House press secretary Scott McClellan said. "This is about defending life." ...

During previous travels, Bush has had legislation flown to him overnight by military plane for his signature. But in this case, McClellan said that the fact that a woman's life is at stake made it necessary for him to travel to the bill.

Bush had a full schedule set up for this week, traveling on Monday and Tuesday to campaign for his Social Security reform efforts before returning to the ranch on Wednesday to meet with Mexican president Vicente Fox. The White House says those plans won't change, although Bush will depart from DC for those appearances rather than Texas. That indicates that Bush expects to have a bill to sign tomorrow, probably in the late afternoon. It also demonstrates Bush's commitment to seeing this case resolved by a federal court rather than the Florida state courts, at least for a fresh look at the evidence.

It's possible that an emergency injunction request could be filed by the Schindlers in federal court on Sunday night, if a judge can be found. If so, the doctors could restore food and water to Terri as soon as tomorrow evening, if the timing and the courts cooperate.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at March 19, 2005 11:17 PM

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