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05/17/07--House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., congratulate each other at the close of a news conference after the Democratic-led Congress adopted a $2.9 trillion fiscal 2008 budget resolution Thursday that sets up a showdown with President Bush over domestic spending. In background is Col. Steve Strobridge (USAF Ret.), of the Military Officers Association of America. Final action came when the Senate adopted the measure by a 52-40 vote, shortly after the House had approved it. The budget resolution (S Con Res 21 Ñ H Rept 110-153), adopted by 214-209 vote in the House, sets an overall discretionary spending cap for fiscal 2008 of $954.1 billion, not including war spending. The total is $21 billion more than the White House request for non-war spending, a figure that grows to $23 billion if $2 billion in advance appropriations are counted. The White House has threatened to veto domestic spending bills that exceed BushÕs budget, and House Republican conservatives are now collecting signatures on a letter promising to sustain those vetoes. Republican Study Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, said Thursday that he already has at least 60 signatures on a letter that will be released if and when it gets enough signatures to show that more than one-third of the House would vote to sustain vetoes. (A two-thirds majority vote in each chamber is needed to override a presidential veto.) Despite a deficit projection of $252 billion in the coming fiscal year, Democrats hailed their budget for boosting domestic spending while projecting a surplus of $41 billion in 2012. Congressional Quarterly by Photo Scott J. Ferrell

05/17/07--House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., congratulate each other at the close of a news conference after the Democratic-led Congress adopted a $2.9 trillion fiscal 2008 budget resolution Thursday that sets up a showdown with President Bush over domestic spending. In background is Col. Steve Strobridge (USAF Ret.), of the Military Officers Association of America. Final action came when the Senate adopted the measure by a 52-40 vote,...
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