Statement: Robert Greenstein on President's Veto of the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill
Publication Date: November 2007
Author(s): Robert Greenstein
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: Economic projections; Federal budget; Economic inequality
With this veto, the President is saying that this nation can’t afford even to maintain current service levels in education, medical research, “meals on wheels” for the elderly, and other areas. In fact, he has proposed cutting funding for programs in the vetoed bill by $7 billion below the current levels, adjusted for inflation. Congress, by contrast, would boost funding by $5 billion. To reach the President’s funding levels, Congress would have to cut from the vetoed bill $1.4 billion for medical research, $1.3 billion for K-12 education, and $254 million for Head Start, among other items.