Bush Blames Pork for Spending Veto

$606B bill isn't kosher, prez says, ordering Congress to trim
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2007 3:17 PM CST
President Bush waves as he leaves the White House in a light rain, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007, for a trip to New Albany, Ind., to speak on the budget before for returning to Washington later in the day. ...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – President Bush vetoed a $606 billion domestic spending bill today, accusing Congress of “acting like a teenager with a new credit card.” His rejection of the measure, which included education, health, and job-training funds, will likely lead to a showdown, the Los Angeles Times reports. The House appropriations chair called the veto “pure politics” and noted that more than 50 Republicans supported the bill.

A White House spokesman said the education and health appropriations came in $10 billion over Bush’s budget and included 2,000 earmarks; she urged legislators to get the bill back to Pennsylvania Avenue quickly. Meanwhile, the president signed the $471 billion Pentagon appropriations bill; his spokesman said it was also full of “unnecessary spending” but was too important to veto.