Bush Vetoes a Health and Education Spending Bill

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) -- President Bush has vetoed a spending measure for health and education programs that congressional Democrats hold as a top priority.

His decision was announced on Air Force One as he flew to Indiana for a speech blasting the Democratic-led Congress on its budget priorities.

In prepared remarks, Bush criticizes Democrats for what he calls a tax-and-spend philosophy, saying they were elected by pledging fiscal responsibility, but so far they are "acting like a teenager with a new credit card."

House Appropriations Committee chairman David Obey points to the more than 50 Republicans who supported the bipartisan bill, saying the only reason Bush vetoed it is "pure politics."

Bush proposed nearly 4 billion dollars in cuts to this year's health and education bill in the budget he presented in February.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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