So close yet so far away. The override vote on the President’s veto of the appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education was 277-141. A two-thirds majority of Representatives present and voting was needed to override 279 in this case.
What this means is heating and cooling assistance for 1.4 million fewerlow-income households. Head Start for 34,000 fewer children (or services cut by $279 per child. No training for 173,000 unemployed youth and adults. Community health centers serving 1.2 million fewer people.
But Bush said (if I may paraphrase his rant)
“To hell with ’em. I want my guns and bombs and stuff. And anybody who says otherwise is like a silly girl in a mall with a credit card. But not me. I’m a manly man with guns and stuff.”
Or words to that effect. Like minded New Yorkers were Reps. Fossella, King, and Kuhl. If you are represented by any of these distinguished gentlemen, you might want to let them know how you’re feeling. The Coalition on Human Needs has a handy email text.