After a months-long struggle, the House on Thursday voted 274-141 to approve a $605.5 billion spending bill that funds the departments of Labor, HHS and Education through fiscal 2008, which started Oct. 1, even though President Bush has said he would veto the measure.
Provisions under the HHS portion of the bill reverse many White House cuts to health and education grant programs while dedicating about $150 billion in discretionary spending. Earlier this week, President Bush reiterated his intent to veto the legislative package because it far exceeds what he set out in his February budget.
The legislation, which will be sent to the White House in the coming week, increases funding to the National Institutes of Health by $1 billion, bringing its fiscal 2008 allotment to $29.9 billion; funds community health centers at $2.2 billion, or $250 million more than last year; and sets aside $6.4 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly $224 million more than in fiscal 2007. The 274-141 tally suggests that House likely would not have the votes to override a veto. -- by Matthew DoBias
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