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The Facts About the President’s Veto of Labor-HHS Bill

Supports Spending $10 Billion Each Month on War Without End in Iraq,
But Vetoes America's Priorities — Calls Them “Excessive”

Tonight the House will vote on whether to override this cruel veto.

On Tuesday, President Bush vetoed the Labor-Health-Education Appropriations bill — a bipartisan and fiscally responsible bill that addresses the needs and priorities of the American people — calling these investments in domestic initiatives dedicated to helping families “excessive.”

Below are some examples of key priorities in the Labor-Health-Education Appropriations bill that the President vetoed compared with how many days in Iraq that money would pay for, based on an estimate by the Congressional Research Service that we are spending $330 million in Iraq every day.

KEY PRIORITIES THE PRESIDENT VETOED

$30 billionNational Institutes of Health: Life Saving Medical Research

(3 Months In Iraq)

$14.8 billionTitle I: Education for the Disadvantaged

(45 Days In Iraq)

$11.3 billionIDEA State Grants: Special Education

(34 Days In Iraq)

$7.0 billionHead Start: Early Childhood Education

(21 Days In Iraq)

$3.4 billionSubstance Abuse & Mental Health Services for Veterans

(10 Days In Iraq)

$2.4 billionLIHEAP: Heating Assistance for Low Income Families

(1 Week In Iraq)

$2.2 billionCommunity Health Centers

(6 ¾ Days In Iraq)

$1.5 billionJob Training & Career Placement Dislocated Workers

(4 ½ Days In Iraq)

$1.2 billionCareer & Vocational Education

(3 ½ Days In Iraq)

$1.1 billion21st Century Learning Centers: After School Programs

(3 ½ Days In Iraq)

$228 millionVeterans' Employment Programs

(16 ½ Hours In Iraq)

$23.6 millionHomeless Veterans Services

(1 ¾ Hours In Iraq)

$9.5 millionPrograms for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries

(41 ½ Minutes In Iraq)

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