Rove Tells AEI Bush Likely Won't Veto Supplemental
More evidence that the Bush veto threat was hollow, as CQ reports on a speech this morning at the American Enterprise Institute by Karl Rove:
"House and Senate negotiators working to reach a conference deal on a huge supplemental appropriations package for war costs and hurricane relief should be able to shrink the package enough to avert a first-ever veto by President Bush, according to Karl Rove, the president's chief political adviser.
"Rove said Monday after a speech on economic policy at the American Enterprise Institute that he doubted Bush would need to follow through on his threat to veto the bill (HR 4939) if its costs exceed $94.5 billion.
"The House-passed measure is a relatively lean $91.9 billion, compared with the Senate's $108.9 billion bill. Negotiators hope to close that $17 billion gap and reach a conference deal by Memorial Day.
"'At the end of the day, we'll get a supplemental that falls within the president's numbers,' Rove said."
No presidential veto. No messy public fight between the Senate and the House. No end of earmarks. Everybody wins, right?
Things just never seem to change in the nation's capitol.