House Fails to Override Bush On Iraq
The Democratic-controlled House failed Wednesday to override President Bush's veto of an Iraqi war spending bill with timetables for troop withdrawals. Lawmakers went directly to the White House to talk about a new version.
"Yesterday was a day that highlighted differences," Bush said. "Today is the day where we can work together to find common ground."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sat on either side of the president. The Democratic leaders were stone- faced as Bush made his brief statement. The White House meeting started late, apparently delayed by the failed override attempt.
"I'm confident we can reach agreement," Bush said.
The 222-203 vote, far short of the two-thirds majority needed for a veto override, occurred just ahead of a White House meeting that Bush called to begin compromise talks with congressional leaders of both parties on new legislation to finance the war, now in its fifth year.
Voting to override Bush's veto were 220 Democrats and two Republicans. Voting to sustain the veto were 196 Republicans and seven Democrats.