June 16, 2007


Homeland Security bill passes House, but veto likely (ANDREW TAYLOR, 6/14/07, Associated Press)

The House Friday passed a $37.4 billion budget bill for the Department of Homeland Security, but minority Republicans rallied enough votes to uphold a promised veto by President Bush.

The Homeland Security bill passed by a 268-150 vote. The measure exceeds Bush's request for the department by $2.1 billion, thus drawing a veto threat from the White House. The administration has vowed to keep spending passed by Congress this year to limits proposed in Bush's February budget.

The Homeland Security bill is the first of the 12 annual spending bills to pass the House and only did so after Democrats yielded Thursday to GOP protests on the handling of lawmakers' pet projects.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 16, 2007 7:41 AM
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