Capitol Hill (AP) -- The Democrats' long-shot attempt at overriding president bush's veto of a war spending bill has failed.
The 222-to-203 vote fell dozens of votes short of the two-thirds majority needed for a veto override.
Bush opposed a timetable for a US troop withdrawal from Iraq that was included in the measure.
The Democratic defeat comes ahead of a White House meeting involving Bush and Congressional leaders. They'll try to hammer out a compromise to finance the war.
But negotiations could prove difficult. Both parties want benchmarks for progress in Iraq. But while many Democrats want timelines linked to troop withdrawals, Bush and his Congressional allies say such connections are unacceptable.
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