Dems Relent on Spending Bill

Leaders bow to White House pressure on domestic funding
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2007 12:07 AM CST
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said after a climbdown by Democrats over the new domestic spending bill that the bill reflecting "the president's numbers but our priorities." (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – House Democratic leaders surrendered to pressure from the White House on a wide-ranging domestic spending bill yesterday, dropping demands for $22 billion in additional funding, the Washington Post reports. That still may not be enough for Republicans, who are talking about a possible veto because the bill—$936.5 billion when defense spending is counted—remains $3.7 billion over the president's spending limit.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tried to put the best spin on the climbdown, claiming that the final bill will reflect "the president's number, our priorities." She said Democrats would try to shift money away from some of Bush's priorities to items such as children's health programs, heating assistance for the poor, and health care for veterans.