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09-30-2007, 01:44 PM
President Bush on Monday reiterated his threat to veto 10 of the 12 appropriations bills for fiscal year 2008, which begins on Monday, because of $22 billion in spending included for health care and other domestic programs that exceeds his request of $933 billion, USA Today reports (Leavitt, USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20070925/a_capcol25.art.htm), 9/25). The House has approved all 12 of the appropriations bills, and the Senate has approved four of the bills (Pfeiffer, Washington Times (http://washingtontimes.com/article/20070925/NATION/109250056/1002), 9/25).

The appropriations bills that Bush has threatened to veto include the Labor-HHS-Education spending bill. The House version of the legislation includes $151.7 billion in discretionary funds, compared with the $140.9 billion that Bush requested (Wall Street Journal graphic, 9/25). Bush said that Democratic lawmakers have sought to "sneak in all kinds of special projects" in the appropriations bills (Washington Times, 9/25). He said, "If they think that by waiting until just before they leave for the year to send me a bill that is way over budget and thicker than a phone book, if they think that's going to force me to sign it, it's not" (Cohn, CongressDaily, 9/25).

Democrats said that might have support from an adequate number of moderate Republicans to override some the vetoes of appropriations bills. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said, "Whether we're going to have ... a healthier nation, that's what this dispute is about," adding, "We think these are responsible bills" (Washington Times, 9/25).