Bush Threat to Veto Veterans' Health Care Is Smashed
June 16, 2007 (LPAC)--Veto threats from the White House are hanging over virtually all of the 12 annual spending bills, this year, but overwhelming support for veterans has blown one of these threats out of the water. On Friday, the House of Representatives voted 409-to-2 for what Democrats describe as the largest budget increase for veterans' medical care in 77 years.
The bill, called Military Construction, Military Quality of Life, and Veterans Affairs, provides a $6.7 billion increase over last year's levels for veterans' health care and is $3.8 billion over the Bush Administration's request for fiscal 2008. The Senate Appropriations Committee reported out, by a vote of 28-to-1 on Thursday, a similar increase, virtually guaranteeing that if President Bush were to veto the bill, the veto would easily be overridden.
According to this morning's Washington Post, Bush backed away from the veto threat when Congressional Republicans told the White House that they were not interested in facing off against Democrats on the veterans health care budget.